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Part: 4 Specialized Search Engines > AOL Search search.aol.com

AOL Search search.aol.com

Table . AOL Search Quick Reference
For This Type of Search: Do This: Examples:
Plain-English Question Type a question that expresses the idea or concept, using as many words as necessary. Don't include a question mark, because it may be interpreted as a wildcard character. Does Norm Abram have a Web site
Phrase Search Type the phrase enclosed in double quotes. "New Yankee Workshop"
AND Search (multiple words and phrases, each of which must be present) Type words or phrases separated by a space. You can also use the Boolean operator AND (uppercase or lowercase) to connect two or more search terms, or put plus signs (+) directly in front of required search terms. All three examples will produce the same results.
 "paint shaver" clapboard
"paint shaver" AND clapboard
+"paint shaver" +clapboard

OR Search (multiple words and phrases, any one of which may be present) Use the Boolean operator OR (uppercase or lowercase) to combine words and phrases. woodworking OR cabinetry
NOT Search (to exclude a word or phrase) Use the Boolean operator NOT (uppercase or lowercase) to exclude a word or phrase. "custom windows" NOT software
Case-Sensitive Search Not available.  
Date Search Not available.  
Field Search Not available.  
Nested Search Use parentheses to group search expressions into more complex queries. hardware AND (antique OR reproduction)
Proximity Search AOL Search offers three different proximity operators, which you can type in uppercase or lowercase:  
 ADJ to find words next to each other. The example would find paint stripping and stripping paint. paint ADJ stripping
 NEAR or NEAR/n to find one search term within a specified distance (n is number of words) from another. The example would find moss within five words of roof. moss NEAR/5 roof
 W/n to find one search term within a specified distance (n is number of words) after another. The example would find roof within three words after moss. moss W/3 roof
Wildcard Search Use an asterisk (*) to match multiple characters anywhere in a word (beginning, middle, or end). The example would find cabinetmaker, cabinetry, and cabinets. cabinet*
 Use a question mark (?) to match a single character. "anders?n windows"



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