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Boolean Searching

Boolean searching allows you to further define your search.
  • You can do this by adding topics using and, or and not between your search words. These are called Boolean Operators and they allow you to search more than one topic or type of information (such as an author and subject) at one time.
  • Using parentheses you can group your search terms into a specific search order.
  • You can also search for adjacent terms; words that you use together such as computer software as a phrase.
  • Wild cards allow you to search alternate spellings of a word or different words at one time.
  • Finally, you can truncate a word, telling the computer to search all words that start a certain way.

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