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Search Operators

In this overview you find some input about how to use the search operators:

Operator  Example Description
AND sales AND bonus Finds documents with both search terms.
OR porsche OR volkswagen Finds documents with one or the other search term.
blank space man robot production Finds documents with all search terms. Blank space is understood as AND.
NOT ford NOT "harrison ford" Finds documents with no appearance of the word behind NOT.
COUNT(...)>n COUNT(gear)>8 Finds documents where the search term is mentioned at least "n" times."n" may be any number.
NEAR(..., ..., n) NEAR(recruit, professionals, 20) Finds documents with both search terms in any word order, permitting "n" words as a maximum distance between them. Best choose between 15 and 30.
* lightweight*
*lightweight
*lightweight*
Finds documents with the search term in word versions or composites. The star * marks whether you wish them BEFORE, BEHIND, or BEFORE and BEHIND the search term.
? organi?ation Finds documents with the search termn in different spellings."?" allows only one character.
& + - Miller Bros. & Sons Special characters are understood as AND.
"… …" "employer branding" Finds documents with exactly this word group, in exactly this word order and spelling.

Examples for Combination of Operators

tax* AND (company OR enterprise OR corporation) Finds documents with "tax" in word versions (i.e. taxation) AND at least ONE of the words in brackets.
COUNT(exhaust)>4 AND (clean* OR control*) AND co2 Finds documents with atleast 4 times "exhaust" AND with atleast ONE of the words in brackets ("clean" OR "control" in word versions i.e. cleaning, cleansing, controlling) AND with "CO2".
(vehicle OR car* OR automobile) AND "lightweight material" Finds documents with ONE of the words in brackets (vehicle OR car* OR automobile) AND with "lightweight material".
NEAR(brand*, luxury*, 30) OR "luxury brand" Finds documents with both words in brackets (brand AND luxury) with maximum distance of 30 words between them, OR with the search term "luxury brand".
NEAR(hybrid*, drive*, 25) AND volkswagen Finds documents with both words in brackets (hybrid AND drive) with maximum distance of 25 words between them, AND with "volkswagen".