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Boolean Keyword Search

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Symbol

Meaning

Action

& AND Finds only documents containing all of the specific words or phrases. For example, "otitis & media & toddler" finds documents with both the words "otitis & media" and the word "toddler".
| OR Finds documents containing at least one of the specified words or phrases. For example, "otitis | media | toddler" finds documents containing either "otitis" or " media" or "toddler". The found documents could contain any word, but does not have to.
! AND NOT Excludes documents containing the specific word or phrase. For example, "otitis ! toddlers" finds documents containing "otitis" but not containing "toddler". As with the & and | operators, ! must appear between two terms.
[ ] Grouping Used to group portions of boolean queries together for more complicated queries. For example, "otitis & [improve | cure] !vaccinations" finds documents containing "otitis " and either "improve" or "cure" but not " vaccinations".

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