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- Type Information technology without quotation marks into the search query box. Notice the number of results
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- Exact phrase searching is a way to get fewer and more useful results.
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These Boolean operators establish a relationship between the keywords/concepts in a search and thus modify the results from that search.
- A searcher can specify that terms must appear in the items retrieved by using the AND operator.
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- NOT or AND NOT thus narrows or limits a search by excluding the keyword immediately following it.