How Do I Use Proximity Searching to find a Phrase Within 10 words of Another Phrase or Word?

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How Do I Use Proximity Searching to find a Phrase Within 10 words of Another Phrase or Word?


Proximity searching only allows you to find terms that appear within a certain number of words of each other.  The proximity symbol in HeinOnline is the tilde symbol, ~ .  To do a proximity search, put all key terms that you want in the query within quotation marks, followed by the tilde ~ and the numerical value that represents the proximity you wish to search.

For example, to find “safety standards” and “consumer products” within 10 words of each other, we have to structure our search to look for safety, standards, consumer, and products within 10 words of each other. To do this, you would insert the following syntax in the search box:

“safety standards consumer products”~10

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