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12.10. Use Booleans

What are booleans and why are they useful?  Booleans are "&" (and) "!" (not) or "|" (or) used when searching databases.

Many of us use boolean searching on the Internet to find various web pages that contain certain text.  For example, if you wanted to find Trumpet's webpage, typing the word "Trumpet" retrieves webpages related to the musical instrument. If you want to find the company "Trumpet" that sells "Worldox," then typing in "Trumpet & Worldox" in your browser's search engine will bring you to our website.

This will provide you with websites that have Trumpet and Worldox as key phrases.  When using an "and" expression, both terms must be in the website.

Alternatively, if you sought websites that have Trumpet or Worldox, using the phrase "Trumpet or Worldox" would return Trumpet's website, Worldox's website, and websites that related to musical instruments, among others. When using an "|" expression, only one of the terms needs to be on the website.

Most users will want to use boolean searching in the Description/Comments field. 

Searching with "|"(This is the vertical line or "pipe") or using the word "OR"

  • This will search for any documents with either Asset or Review in the description or comments field.

  • Your search results might look like this:

  • Note that the search results list contains documents that have either the word Asset or the word Review in the description.

Searching with "&"or using the word "And"

  • "Asset and Review" means both words need to be present in the Name field:

  • Your search results might look like this:

  • Note that the search results list contains documents that have both the word Asset and the word Review in the description/comments.

Searching with "!" (Not) or using the word "NOT"

  • "Asset ! Review" will only return documents that have the word Asset, but not Review in the description/comments.

  • Your search results might look like this:

Note that the search results list contains documents that have the word Asset but not the word Review in the description/comments.


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