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Connectors

Connectors (Boolean operators) are used in keyword searches to link together two or more terms. The most commonly-used connectors are: AND and OR.

AND narrows a search; you get fewer records, because both concepts must be present in the records found--see the area in color below. Use AND to combine different concepts in one search.

[ Graph for an AND search ]

OR broadens a search; you get more records because just one of the concepts on either side of the OR must be present in the records found--see the area in color below. OR is often used to link together related concepts or synonyms.

[ Graph for an OR search ]

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