Using search terms and operators to search for key concepts


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

Note: The DiscoverText search filters are not the same as the Twitter PowerTrack (formerly Gnip) rules.

  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). The valid search operators are defined below.search_box.jpg
  3. Optional: Add all or selected items to a new or existing bucket by clicking on the appropriate button.



Search Operators





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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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

NOT blue

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


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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