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Boolean Operators

Use Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to combine search concepts.

AND
By default, all terms in a Summon search are combined with AND:
teacher education will return results that contain both terms.

Quotation Marks (" ")
Put quotation marks around any words you want to search as a phrase:
"teacher education"

OR
Use OR to expand your search:
"teacher education" OR "teacher training" will return results that contain either phrase.

NOT
Use NOT to exclude terms:
animal NOT dog will return results that do not include the term dog.

*AND, OR, and NOT must be in ALL CAPTIALS in your search.

Tilde(~)
Use the tilde character to find words within a defined proximity to other words:
"yeast bread"~10 will return results where the terms are 10 words apart or less.

The tilde can also be used at the end of a word to find similar words:
lead~ will also find wead, veade and tead.

Wildcards

Question mark (?) will match any one character

wom?n will find woman and women

Asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word

ch*ter will find charter, character, and chapter

temp* will find temptation, temple, and temporary

Note: Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search

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