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Boolean Operators

  • AND
    Example: anxiety AND children
  • OR
    abandonment OR separation
  • NOT
    anxiety NOT adult

Modifiers and Truncation

  • Use quotes for exact phrases.
    Example: "attachment theory"
  • Use parentheses to group terms.
    ("attachment theory" AND "separation anxiety")
  • Use the asterisk for branching terms. This finds any words that starts with the stem term.
    Example: child* (includes child OR children OR childhood)

Building a Search Query

Example search using Boolean operators, quotes, parentheses, and wildcard:
"attachment theory" AND child* AND (abandonment OR "separation anxiety")