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Tips for using Terms and
Connectors or Natural Language
Terms and Connectors use words and connectors to
create phrases and concepts based on specific rules of search
logic. You can find every mention of a specific name, use
a full range of connectors and use universal characters.
Natural Language is useful when you are researching
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Natural Language is a supplement, not a replacement for
Terms and Connectors searching. There are times when it
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Connectors & Universal Characters
Use UNIVERSAL CHARACTERS in your search terms
! litigat! = litigate, litigator, litigation, litigating, etc.
* wom*n = woman, women
bank*** = bank, banking, banker ( not bankrupt)
Use CONNECTORS to link search terms together
OR Finds one or both terms.
doctor OR physician
w/n Finds two terms within a specified number of words.
market w/5 share
w/s Finds two terms within the same sentence.
sanction w/s frivolous
w/p Finds two terms within the same paragraph.
rule 11 w/p sanction
AND Finds two terms in the same document.
bank AND deregulate
Pre/n Finds two terms – first term must precede second
by a specified number.
cable PRE/2 television
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