Using OR, NOT, AND to do a boolean search

Searching between search lines is an implied AND.  Within a search field, use the search operators: OR, NOT, and AND

Examples, searching the “Title” field for:

Italy OR Rome

All titles containing either the word Italy or the word Rome

Italy NOT Rome

All titles containing the word Italy, but not the word Rome

Italy AND Rome

All titles containing both the word Italy and the word Rome

Italy AND “in Rome”

All titles containing the word Italy and the phrase “in Rome”

Italy AND (Venice OR Florence)

All titles containing the word Italy and also either the word Venice or Florence

(Italy AND Venice) OR Florence

All titles containing either Florence or both Italy and Venice

One powerful way to use boolean search is in searching the “Subject” field.  For example you can use it to exclude certain Subjects.

Subject is:  music AND school

versus

Subject is: (music AND schools) NOT “juvenile fiction”

The second search line above will exclude all juvenile fiction.

Notes:

You must use regular quotation marks – smart/special quotation marks are ignored.

To use multiple search operators, use parentheses to designate order.

Unlike with proximity search, you can use quotes with boolean search.