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AND (in capitals) groups two search terms together and eliminates results that don't include both.
Example: weather AND storms:
OR expands a search to include both terms.
Results include one term or the other.
Example: weather OR storms
NOT removes terms from a search.
Narrows your search.
Example: weather NOT storms
Red area shows results, any mention of storms (even if weather is present) are removed.
(Parentheses) require terms inside to be searched first.
Similar to BEDMAS (brackets is first letter)
Example: (Canada OR Ontario) AND weather
Purple area shows results, so results are compound search of:
"Quotation marks" search for a series of words two or more words in EXACT ORDER.
Example: "Canadian Shield"
Canadian Shield without quotation marks could find results:
You could end up with results about Canadian money or medieval armour.
Search for song title by entering a few words in quotations.
Quotation eliminate finding root word in larger words
Truncation* broadens a search to find multiple endings and/or spellings.
Add an asterisk * to end of root word.
Wildcards substitute ? for a letter in word.
The wildcard can subsitute 0 or 1 character.
Helpful when spelling might be different.
|Oil Industry||Canadian Federal Government||Environmental Protection|
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