Using Syntax and Field Searching in the Main Full Text Search Bar

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General Rules:
* The query will search across both the full text and metadata of all HeinOnline documents, unless you otherwise specify a field such as “creator”.
* The query will look across all titles in that collection, unless a title is otherwise specified.
* The query will look across all years available, unless a year/year range is otherwise specified.
* Use quotes to form a phrase, “Right to Privacy” vs. Right to Privacy.
* Use capitalized Boolean operators to combine search terms, for example “intellectual property” AND “international law”.
* The search results are sorted by relevancy by default; results can be resorted by various other criteria once the initial results display.

Examples:

Word Search: To search for a word across the full text of a collection, simply enter the word into the search box. Example: graffiti

Phrase Search: To narrow our above query, let’s expand our term to a phrase, graffiti artist, and enclose it in quotations. Example: “graffiti artist”

Title Search: If we want to find articles that contain the term “graffiti” in the title, then we must specify the title field in our query. Example: title:graffiti

Author Search: To search for an author, we must specify the author field in our query. Example: creator:”White, Rob”

Combined Search Terms (Multiple Fields): Use boolean operaters to combine two search terms. Example: creator:”White, Rob” AND title:graffiti

Wildcard Searching: It is also possible to do a wildcard search using the main search bar. When submitting a wildcard search, follow the rules noted above. Example: graffiti AND art*

Proximity Searching: You can also do a proximity search in the main search bar. To illustrate this, we will use the phrase “Reforming International Law”. The phrase itself, in its entirety, returns 12 results. However, if we search for these terms within 10 words of each other, we will expand the breadth of our results. Example: “reforming international law”~10

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