Using Search Terms and Operators to search for key concepts

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You can search for key concepts in a collection of data by using search operators.

  1. On the Navigation Sidebar, in the Documents section, click the archive, bucket, or dataset that you want to search through.
  2. In the search box on the top-right, type the search term(s) and operators (if any), and then click the Search button (looks like a magnifying glass). Search operators are defined below.
  3. Optional: Add the selected items to a bucket.
    • To add the items to a new bucket, click New, type a name for the bucket, and then click Create Bucket.
    • To add the items to an existing bucket, click Existing or Selected, and then select a bucket.

Search Operators

Operator

Definition

Example

term

Any term (excluding stop words such as “the”, “he”, “she”, etc. Usually these are words or acronyms.

house

Entering the term house will search for records containing the word house.

quotes

Terms can be enclosed in double quotes to look for phrases.

“white house”

Entering “white house” will search for the entire phrase with the embedded whitespace (space character), instead of white and house as individual terms.

wildcard

Append an asterisk character (*) onto the end of a term.

ca*

Entering ca* will find cat, car, cantaloupe, etc.

AND

Logical AND of the terms. All of the terms must exist in the record.

blue AND green

Only records containing both the term blue and the term green will be found.

OR

Logical OR of the terms. This is the default for a list of terms without an explicit OR operator.

blue OR green

Records containing the term blue or the term green, or both terms, will be found.

NOT

Logical NOT (negation) of the next term or group.

NOT blue

All records that do not contain the term blue will be found.

group

Terms and clauses can be grouped in parentheses ( ) up to five levels deep.

(house OR home) AND (green AND blue)

Records containing both the terms green and blue, and that also contain either the term house or the term home will be found.

 

 

 

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