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Tips for searching the JASA site
Check spelling - Make sure your search terms are spelled correctly. The
search engine will attempt to find words that sound similar your search terms, but it is
always best to spell the search terms correctly.
Use multiple words - Use multiple words when performing your search.
More words for a search will return more refined results than a search from a single word.
Use similar words - The more similar words you use in a search, the more
relevant results will be to the words that you are searching for.
Use appropriate capitalization - Use capitalization when looking for
proper nouns such as the name of a person or place. Lowercase words will match any words
of any case.
Use quotation marks around phrases - Use quotation marks to find words
that must appear adjacent to each other within a phrase. For example, search for
"Indira Gandhi" within quotes rather than just Indira Gandhi.
Use Boolean plus (+) or minus (-) operators - Precede a search term or
phrase with a plus (+) sign to indicate it must appear in a search result. Precede a
search term with a minus (-) sign to indicate an undesirable search term or phrase that
must not appear in a search result. For example, searching for +dogs -collie will return
results that are about dogs, but not about collies.
And for an Advanced Search
Use field searches - Field searches allow you to search for words that
appear in a specific part of a document such as the body text (body:), title text
(title:), alt text (alt:), meta description (desc:), meta keywords (keys:) or URL (url:).
The field name should include the colon and precede the search word or phrase with no
spaces between them. For example, searching for title:presidents will find pages with
presidents in the title of the page.
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