Use the tips below to help improve your searching. By applying these techniques, you can increase, reduce or improve the relevancy of your search results, making it easier to access to the right materials.
Finds words within x number of words from each other, in the order they were entered.
Example: Hillary w2 Clinton
Would find Hillary Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Would not find Clinton, Hillary
Finds words within x number of words from each other. Words may appear in any order.
Substitute the x with a number of words that may appear in between
NEARx5 would be likely to be in the same sentence; NEARx50 in the same paragraph
Example: election* n5 parliament*
Would find parliamentary elections and election to Parliament
Would not find 'election debates can be very confrontational and hard fought, especially those between parliamentary candidates'
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