Rather than typing a full sentence or question into a search box, using Boolean operators can help you create an efficient and effective database search.
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In order to use Boolean operators, you need to know:
Read more about Boolean searching.
A symbol, specific to the search interface, which allows the retrieval of all endings for the specified base word. An asterisk (*) is often used. For example, child* would retrieve records with children, childish, and every other word that begins with the root word "child."
A symbol, specific to the search interface, which allows the retrieval of various spellings of a word. A questio mark is often used. For example, wom?n would retrieve records with women or woman.
See our tutorial about developing search statements.