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Choosing Keywords

By default the keywords field will accept a list of words separated by spaces as in the example shown below:

congress economy policy

This query will show all stories that contain the words congress, economy and policy. The spaces are assumed to be Boolean ands (see section on Boolean Operators), meaning that all terms are required to be in all stories retrieved. This is only a small part of the potential power the NewsLibrary search engine offers. Features such as Wildcard Characters and Proximity Operators are also available.

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Using Dates to Limit Your Search

You can choose to search for articles that were published in a particular year, or you can choose to select a date range from one particular day to another. If you want to find all of the available articles published in a newspaper for a particular day, just enter that date without any keywords.

Search Ranges: Select a pre-defined date range from the Search articles from drop-down box.

Limit by date: Use the Search by date FROM and TO date drop-downs to enter a specific date range.

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Sorting Your Results

You can choose to sort the articles you find by listing the most recently published articles (newest) first. You can also choose to have the articles that best match your keywords, or most relevant, first.

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Boolean Operators

Boolean operators permit you to create more complex queries and can be combined with Wildcards and Proximity Operators. To formulate a more complex query that combines boolean operators, select Advanced as your Search Type on the search form. See the list below for examples.

OPERATORDEFINITIONEXAMPLE
andboth terms must be present in the storycongress and economy
oreither term must be present in the storyparliament or government
notword(s) following this operator cannot be present in the storybill and gates not microsoft

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Proximity Operators

Proximity operators allow you to specify just how close two words must occur in a story to be included in your results. See the examples below.

campaign adj5 contributions - contains campaign followed by contributions within five words

market near share - contains market and share within ten words and in any order

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Wildcards

Wildcard characters can be used to match a set of possible characters at any point in a word.

OPERATORDEFINITIONEXAMPLE
!Fills in any number of ending characterspollut!
*Fills in a maximum of any five charactersgorba*v
?Fills in any single characterwom?n

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