Tips for Improving Search Terms
- Searching for phrases - Specifying more than one search term searches
for both. Public and Service
searches for documents containing both "Public"
and "Service", giving highest relevance to those with the phrase "Public Service".
If you want to search for the exact phrase "Public Service", hyphenate all the words together, e.g.
- Wildcards - The wildcard (*) represents one or more unspecified
characters in the search term. For example, searching for electr* will include
matches for “electric”, “electronic” and “electronically”.
- To exclude words, use the minus sign - If you are searching for
the word “Public” but wish to exclude all documents containing the phrase “Public
Service”, type a minus sign before “Service”, i.e. search for Public -Service.
- Two phrases - To search for two phrases, hyphenate the phrases, e.g., if you
are searching for "Public Service" and "electric company", type "Public-Service" and