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How to...increase your search results.

Connecting terms

Boolean operators AND            OR         NOT

                                            AND=both/all      OR=any        NOT=exclude

Truncation/Wild Cards

Truncation symbol, [an asterisk (*), dollar sign ($), or plus sign (+), etc.], with the root/stem of a word broadens your search to include various wording endings:

child*=child or children or childhood

Wildcard symbol may also be used to replace a single character to include different spellings:

wom?n for women or woman

Databases use different symbols so check the searching help.