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This section describes the different ways of searching in the application.


Boolean operators

To search within the All Fields Search and/or other specific fields in Advanced Search, you can use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT (these are not case-sensitive).

 

AND operator

For this operator, you can use the word "AND", a space or the "&" symbol.

For example, to find records containing both of the words Concorde and Supersonic, you could enter either:

  • Concorde AND Supersonic
  • Concorde Supersonic
  • Concorde & Supersonic

All of the above will return the same number of results.

OR operator

This operator uses the word "OR" between words.

For example, to find records containing either the word Concorde or the word Supersonic, enter:

  • Concorde OR Supersonic
NOT operator

This operator uses the word "NOT" between words.

For example, to find records containing the word Concorde but not the word Supersonic, enter:

  • Concorde NOT Supersonic
Exact Search

This operator finds an exact match only in the records, for example:

  • ="insurance law"

 

To use Boolean operators across fields, select AND, OR or NOT from the drop-down lists next to the appropriate fields. Note that this is only available in Advanced Search.

Other search syntax

The following additional search methods are also available:

Wild card / truncation

The truncation / wild card symbol is the exclamation mark.

For example, to search for all variants of Market enter Market!

Character replace

If you are not sure of the spelling of a word or want to find similar words you can use an asterisk * within a word.

For example, to search for both Organisation and Organization enter Organi*ation

Phrase search

To search for an exact phrase, surround your search words with double quotes.

For example, to search for Supersonic Transport as a phrase i.e. where the words appear together, enter "Supersonic Transport"

Combination search

You can combine Phrase and Boolean searches. For example, to search for the phrase "Supersonic Transport" and for records where the word Concorde appears, you can enter it in any of the following formats:

  • "Supersonic Transport" AND Concorde
  • "Supersonic Transport" Concorde
  • "Supersonic Transport" & Concorde
Exact Search

This operator finds an exact match only, for example:

  • ="insurance law"