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Boolean Searches

Boolean: Pronunciation: BOO-le-un.

For more complex searches, you can use:

  • 'AND' or '+'
  • 'OR' (Boolean OR)
  • 'NOT' or '-'(Boolean NOT)
  • 'AND NOT', 'OR NOT', etc (combinations with NOT)

The Boolean search operator AND is equal to the "+" symbol.
The Boolean search operator NOT is equal to the "-" symbol.
The Boolean search operator OR is the default setting of any search engine; meaning, all search engines will return all the words you type in, automatically.

Simple Searches

Examples of Simple Searches:

  • "Japanese" gets 1,395 results.
  • "Japanese American" gets 1,426 results
  • "Japanese or American" gets 1,426 results (same as "Japanese American")
  • "Japanese and American" gets 15 results
  • "Japanese + American" gets 15 results (same as "Japanese and American")

You may occasionally get what appear to be inconsistent results, which are due to several different issues of the information in the database and the ways searches are preformed.

If the Simple Search does not get you the preferred results, please try the Advanced Search, which will give you more control over your search.

References for Boolean Searches

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