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Enter the character string(s) that you wish to search for. Within a search element the following special characters can be used:

? You can match a single character.

Example: Wo?d will find field entries containing Wood as well as Word.

* You can match a string.

Example: Micro* will find field entries containing Microscope, Microcomputer, etc.. *Scope will find field entries containing Microscope, Oscilloscope, etc...

If you wish to use multiple search criteria, you may separate each search element using any of the following search operators:

OR

You can search for field entries containing either of the words it separates.
Example: Network OR Server will find field entries containing either word.

NOT

You can search for field entries containing the word preceding it but not the word following it.
Example: Network NOT Server will find field entries containing Network but not Server

NEAR/n

You can search for field entries in which one query word appears within a specific range of another query word.
Example: Network NEAR/3 Server will find field entries in which the word Network occurs within three words of the word Server, in either direction.

ADJ

You can search for field entries in which one query word occurs immediately after another query word.
Example: Network ADJ Server will find field entries in which the word Network is immediately followed by the word Server. You would also get the same result from entering Network Server without any search operator separating the two words.

W/n

You can search for field entries containing word pairs in which the second part of the pair occurs within a specified number of words after the first.
Example: Network W/3 Server will find field entries in which the word Network occurs within three words after the word Server.