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Combining Search Terms

Combine search result rows using OR, AND, and NOT. For further information on Boolean operators, including a word of caution about using NOT, see 'Build Your Search Stratety: Combine' in the Search Tips guide.

 

OR

AND

 

 

 

1. First, combine the Subject Heading and keyword results for one search concept at a time using the Boolean operator OR.

 

 

 

Search with OR example - Melanoma

 

 

 

Search with OR example - Palliative care

 

 

 

In the example below, the combined search lines for the concepts melanoma and palliative care appear in the rows 8 and 9,respectively.

 

Combined search terms example

 

 

 

2. Now, combine the new search lines together with AND. As seen in the second example below, this produces 248 results.

 

 

 

Combine search terms with AND example 1

 

 

 

Combine search terms with AND example 2