Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: May 16, 2018     Views: 80

Boolean searching is the process of combining search terms with "or," "and," and "not." Discovery Search supports Boolean searching multiple ways. By default, multiple search terms are considered to have an and between each word. To search as a phrase (so that word order is considered), enclose your search terms in quotes. Using and will reduce the number of search results.

You can instead search using or (to broaden your search results) by inserting OR in all capitol letters between words. You can exclude search terms using NOT in front of a search term. Words and operators can be grouped using parentheses, leading to very complex searches.  The New York Public library has a nice visual explanation of using the boolean operators.  You can also view a short video on boolean searching by the Carnegie Vincent Library.

In any case, type your boolean operators in all caps to ensure they are recognized.

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