Text Searching and Boolean Operators

Full Text Searching

Full-Text Searching allows you to search for specific words or phrases that occur in the texts themselves.

Boolean Operators

Boolean (logical) operators and wildcard characters allow identification of a large number of words corresponding to a defined pattern. This product allows Boolean searching in all search fields.

The term Boolean Logic is named after the British mathematician George Boole who produced a mathematical system of logical operators including AND, OR and NOT. This "Boolean Logic" has been adopted by search engines as way of assisting users in building their searches.

AND Operator

The AND operator retrieves all cases where words, phrases, and their variations appear in the same specified context (e.g., church AND state). As you enter more search terms, fewer results will be retrieved but each result will be of higher relevance.

OR Operator

The OR operator retrieves all instances where individual words or phrases appear (e.g., avarice OR greed, holy ghost OR spirit).

NOT Operator

The NOT operator retrieves instances where one chooses to exclude a word from a search (e.g., church NOT state).

Rules of thumb using Boolean Operators

1. Entering more search terms into an 'AND' search will reduce the number of results and help you to focus in on the most relevant matches.

2. Entering more search terms into an 'OR' search will increase the number of results and is particularly useful when you want to include synonyms of your main search term.

Wildcard and Exact Phrase Searching

By default the full text search retrieves the exact word or phrase you enter into the Search Text box. For example, a full text search for "nation" will retrieve all occurrences of the word “nation” and a search for “true love” will return all instances of the exact phrase "true love."

If you wish to retrieve multiple forms of a word, you can use an asterisk as a wildcard character. An * (asterisk) matches any string of characters at the end of a word (e.g., "nation*" retrieves "nation," "nations," "national," "nationalism," etc.).

Admin Alert: Our Platforms Are Now Updated with HTTPS

This past summer, Alexander Street began supporting HTTPS on its platforms (in addition to HTTP) to strengthen security and privacy of your information.

On January 2, 2018, all Alexander Street platforms will permanently transition from HTTP to HTTPS. Existing HTTP links will redirect to HTTPS when the transition occurs. Organizations that use proxies to access Alexander Street platforms will need to update links and certificates to support HTTPS.

This support article shows how to complete changes in proxy servers and provides answers to common questions. Even if you don't use proxies, you'll want to review and convert links to their HTTPS versions. (Note: Access to your Alexander Street content has not been impacted even if you haven't yet made the switch.)

Links will redirect from HTTP to HTTPS for some time to come, but we encourage you to do this important work today if you haven't already.

Need help? Contact us at support@alexanderstreet.com today.

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