A Keyword Boolean search looks for words and phrases anywhere they appear in a record. Select the Basic Search mode. Highlight Keyword Boolean in the Search By: dropdown menu.
and to combine terms. Use quotation marks around phrases.
To find information about birth order and personality, type:
"birth order" and personality
or to expand your search by linking like terms in parentheses. Type:
"birth order" and (personality or character or behavior)
? at the end of a word to truncate a word or phrase:
behav? finds behave, behaving, behavior, behavioral
"school district?" finds school district, school districts
? within words to represent zero or more wildcard characters:
behavi?r finds behavior, behaviour
wom?n finds woman, women, womyn
Use ? at the beginning of a word to represent zero or more wildcard characters:
?sexuality finds sexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality
?konomische (German example) finds ökonomische, oekonomische, sozialökonomische (and other sub-fields of economics)
Note: Using a wildcard at the beginning of a word may slow the search.
You may specify in which fields (author, title, subject etc.) you would like a word or phrase to be searched. To use field codes, type the appropriate code before the word or phrase.
To find all items with the word
Spain in a subject field (code:
skey, for subject keyword) and the word
history in a subject field, type:
skey spain and skey history
For more information about field codes, see Keyword Field Codes.