Digital texts at U-M

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  - Getting started
  - Searching tips
  > Choosing a search type
  - Using basic search
  - Using boolean search
  - Using proximity search
  - Using bibliographic search
  - Using word index search
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document graphic Viewing search history
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Choosing a search type

One way to control your search is to select from among a number of search types.

Basic search is the simplest search; it lets you look for a single word or phrase in a designated area of the text. Because it is less specific, sometimes your search results wil be larger than for advanced searches that let you be more specific in your search query.

Boolean search lets you look for combinations of up to three terms or phrases using Boolean connector terms (i.e., AND, OR, NOT).

Proximity search lets you look for terms based on whether they occur (or do not occur) within a specified distance of each other.

Bibliographic search lets you look for words that occur in author or title fields.

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