Search Tips


The Search box is located at the top of each page.

To Search:

  • Enter a search term in the Search box.
  • Click the magnifying glass button to the right of the Search box or press Enter on your keyboard.

You can search using keywords or a specific phrase. Capitalization does not matter.

By default, Search results are returned sorted by relevance. The order can be changed to alphabetical or chronological by using the sort drop-down menu located at the top right of results.  



Results can also be filtered by Date, Source, Topic and Location.


Clicking on ENTER DATE RANGE displays additional date filters.



Boolean Operators

Your database supports Boolean searching.

Boolean operators—AND, OR, NOT—can be added to search terms to refine results. The operator should be in capital letters. If no operator is added, the AND operator is used automatically.

  1. Enter a search term. Examples:
    1. Federal AND taxes
    2. Federal OR taxes
    3. Federal NOT taxes
  2. Results include:
    1. all articles with all of the search terms, boxer as well as rebellion
    2. all articles with either of the search terms, boxer or rebellion or both
    3. only articles without the excluded search term, articles with boxer that do not include rebellion


Phrase Search

Use double quotation marks to define an exact phrase or phrases. (If copying and pasting a phrase from a document, make sure the quotation marks are straight, not curly.)

  1. Examples:
    1. "White House"
    2. "White House" AND "garden"
    3. "White House" AND "George Washington"
  2. Results include:
    1. articles with White House together as a phrase but not a story with, for example, the phrases "white mountains" and "House of Representatives"
    2. articles with White House as a phrase that also contain garden
    3. articles with White House as a phrase that also contain George Washington as a phrase
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