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Ways to Improve Search Results

  1. Refine your search by adding additional words

The search engine looks for pages or documents containing all the words entered in your search. This enables you to refine your search by adding additional words. For example, you may enter the word “portable” as well as “x-ray”.

  1. Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase

The search engine will only report results with the exact phrase entered. If you are not sure of the exact phrase use multiple words without quotation marks. The search engine will show results for the words selected, regardless of the order they are listed on the web page.

  1. Be careful to spell words correctly

The search function will not work if you spell words incorrectly. If this occurs, the search engine may give you an alternative suggestion.

  1. Do not use abbreviations

If you enter “chiro” instead of chiropractic or chiropractor, the search will bring back only matches to a complete word, (i.e. “chiro”) as opposed to matching a part of a larger word.

  1. Use “OR”

By using “OR,” you can conduct a search that looks for alternate words. For example, if you enter “GA OR GY modifier,” you will search for results for the GA modifier or the GY modifier. To use this option, you must enter “OR” in upper case. If you do not enter this in upper case, the search engine will assume that “or” is part of the search rather than a qualifier would require that all results include the term ‘cats’, and results including all three terms will be favoured. The plus operator has no effect in an AND search, where all terms have an implicit + before them.

  1. Boolean NOT

To get results without particular word, use the minus operator

cats -dogs

  1. Boolean AND

To force a particular term in an OR search, use the plus operator

+cats dogs mice

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