Boolean Operators

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Boolean search operators can drill down and find the information we are looking for faster. These operators are used to weed out irrelevant pages thereby narrowing our search results to find exactly what we are looking for. Boolean keys should be in Capital letters.

But these Boolean operators are different for different search engines.

Boolean Key

AND – The AND operator delivers results with the terms you requested. For example, searching resume and oracle will return pages with both terms – resume and oracle.

OR – The OR operator delivers results with either of the terms you requested. For example, MCSE OR M.C.S.E.

NOT – The NOT operator will not deliver certain words in your search results. For example, Java NOT coffee will deliver closer results for JAVA Programmers and not Java Coffee. 

NEAR – The NEAR operator locates words that are located in close proximity to other words. For example, Java NEAR Programmer. Not every search engine supports this operator. It finds words within 10 words of each other. But, not every search engine supports this operator.

( ) Parentheses – The ( ) operator allows you to group terms and build longer search strings. For example, NOT (submit AND employer) will avoid pages with both names.

Wild Card – The * operator is a wild card. Adding a wild card will find words contain the wild card. For example program* will help so you do not have to run separate searches for words similar like: programmer, programming, program

URL Search – searches for pages that have specific word in the URL or web address. Example – url:resume

Page Title – searches for pages that have specific words in page title. Example –  title:resume “     “- Exact phase.

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