Advanced Search Options And Help

C&IT's search allows simple single or multiple searches against our huge archive of articles. However, a few simple techniques allow you to get even more out of its search function.

You can create sophisticated searches using operators, which are special words used in the search/keyword field such as "AND" to ensure the search works in a specific way.

OR

This operator allows a search to return results that contain any of the search terms you provide. However it is the default and therefore you do not need to provide it.
Example: A search for competitive OR tender is the same as for competitive tender because the search defaults to the OR operator

AND

This operator ensures that all words can be found in each of the search results
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the words event and planning – but not necessarily in that order or next to each other – just somewhere in the article.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: event AND planning  

+

The "+" operator ensures the term after the "+" symbol exists somewhere in each search result.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain either the words conference or seminar but always contain the word attendees.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: conference seminar +attendees

-

The "-" operator ensures term after the "-" symbol DOES NOT exists somewhere in each search result.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the word exhibition but must not contain the word centre.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: exhibition -centre

NOT

The "NOT" operator excludes words that you do NOT want to be found anywhere in the search results.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the word subvention but DO NOT contain the word sweetener.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: subvention NOT sweetener

Phrases

If you wish to search against multiple words as an exact phrase, you can do this using double quote marks.
Example:
You wish to search for articles that contain the exact phrase World Green Congress
Solution:
Enter this into the keywords field: "world green congress"

Combining operators – Advanced Searches

You can combine the operators above to create complex, grouped searches using parentheses.

Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the phrase public benefit and MUST mention the Charity Commission
Solution:
Enter this into the keywords field: "public benefit" AND "Charity Commission"

Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the word fundraising and EITHER  charity OR voluntary
Solution:
Enter this into the keywords field: fundraising AND (charity OR voluntary)

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