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To get more specific search results, try using the following tips:
Make sure your search terms are spelled correctly. If Sound-Alike Matching is turned on, the search engine will attempt to find words that sound similar to your search terms, but it's always best to try to spell the search terms correctly.
Using multiple words will return more refined results than a single word. For
Cohen Morocco will return more relevant results
than typing just
Cohen. (Keep in mind that relevant results are
returned even if they don't contain all query terms.)
The more similar words you use in a search, the more relevant your results will be.
Spain Iberia Spanish
Capitalize proper nouns, and remember that lower-case words will match any
case. For example, typing
search will return all documents containing
search, Search, and
however, will instruct the search engine to look only for the capitalized word.
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Use quotation marks to find words which must appear adjacent to each other,
"Spanish Inquisition." Otherwise, the search results
will include the word
and the word
Inquisition, but not necessarily in that order. The words
may appear anywhere, and in any order, within the document.
Note: if you are using the Advanced Search Form with radio buttons for "any," "all," and "phrase," then quotes can only be used when the "any" radio button is selected. Quotes are ignored if the "all" or "phrase" radio buttons are selected.
Use a plus sign when your search term or phrase must appear in the search results. Use a minus sign to indicate undesirable term(s). The plus sign tells the search engine that a certain word or phrase is required in the search results, and a minus sign indicates that a word or phrase must be absent in the search results.
Note: A phrase must be contained within quotation marks. Leave no spaces between the plus or minus sign and the term.
Note: if you are using the Advanced Search Form with radio buttons for "any," "all," and "phrase," then plus and minus can only be used when the "any" radio button is selected. Plus and minus are ignored if the "all" or "phrase" radio buttons are selected.
+"inquisition" -"spanish" = Inquisition not in Spain.
Wildcard searches can expand the number of matches for a particular request.
* character is used as the wildcard character.
For instance, searching for
sp* will find the words
special, and any other word
that starts with
arch* will find the words
archivist, and any other word that starts with
*her*will find the words
gathering, and any other word that contains
heranywhere in the word.
Wildcards may be combined with the standard plus (+) and minus (-) modifiers,
quotes for phrases, as well as the field search specifiers.
+wh* -se*ch will find all pages which have a word that starts
wh and which does not contain a word that starts with
and ends with
"wh* are" will find the phrases
why are, etc.
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