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Early English Books Online (EEBO): Tips for Using

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Boolean Searching etc.

Operators & Search Tips

AND
Retrieve all search terms. Example: Ireland AND Dublin

OR
Retrieve any or all search terms. Example: games OR sports

NOT
Retrieve all works containing the first term but not the second. Example: children NOT school

NEAR
Retrieve works where terms are within a specified distance of each other. If no maximum is set, the system will default to a maximum distance of 10 words. Example: female NEAR.5 education

FBY
Retrieve works where the first term must be followed by the second term within a specified distance. If no maximum is set, the system will default to a maximum distance of 10 words. Example: young FBY.5 love

*
Right-handed truncation character to retrieve variations of a term. Example: caval* will find cavalcade, cavaleer, cavaleering, cavaleirs, etc.

MULTIPLE TERMS
Multiple terms within the same search box are treated as a phrase, unless separated by AND, OR, NEAR, or FBY. Example: oath of allegiance

PHRASES
To search for phrases containing the terms AND, OR, or NOT use double quotes. Example: “war and peace” will find works with that exact phrase.

The Doctor Degraded (Titus Oates), 1685