Tips for better book searching
When searching for books in HeritageQuest Online, you can use Boolean and
adjacency operators to search for more than one word at a time.
The following are the operators you can use while searching HeritageQuest
Online. Note that these words are not case sensitive.
• EXACT - Placing EXACT before a search term will match that term exactly.
For example, EXACT BOOK will find matches on BOOK only and not
BOOKS, BOOKKEEPING , etc. To match an EXACT phrase, the phrase
should be enclosed in double quotes. All search terms not modified by
EXACT or double quotes will be searched with stemming. (Book will match
book, books, booked, booker, booking, etc.)
• NEAR - Used with two terms, NEAR will find all matches of the two terms
within 10 words of each other by default. To specify how many words can
separate the two terms, include a number preceded by a colon after the
NEAR. For example, WOMEN NEAR:4 HISTORY will find all occurrences of
women that are within four words of history.
• FBY - When you enter two terms, you can specify that your results have the
two words in the entered order within 10 words of each other. You can
specify how many words can separate the two terms by including a number
preceded by a colon after the FBY as in RIGHTS FBY:2 WOMEN.
• AND - Using AND retrieves results that include all the terms you have
entered in the search field. For example, WOMEN AND HISTORY retrieves all
results containing both women and history. WOMEN AND HISTORY AND
POLITICS retrieves all results with all three concepts.
• AND NOT - Using AND NOT indicates that you want to retrieve results that
include your first entered term but not the second. For example, women
AND NOT politics will retrieve results that include women but not politics.
• OR - Or will retrieve results that include either your first entered search
term or your second. For example, a search on women OR history will find
results with women or history in them.
• Truncation – use * at the end of a word to find multiple characters following
the root word. Use ? to find only one character following the root.
NOTE: All of these operators are stop words; this means that you are not able to
search for them unless you enclose them in double quotation marks. For example,
searching on WOMEN AND HISTORY will bring back results with women and
history in them, while searching on women "and" history will bring back results
with the words “women”, “and”, and “history” in them.
NOTE: All search fields are connected by the Boolean search term AND. If you
enter ANNAPOLIS in the Place Name(s) field and enter SMITH in the Additional
Keywords field, HeritageQuest Online will search for ANNAPOLIS AND SMITH.