NOT - the third Boolean operator

The third operator we noted at the beginning was the word ‘not’, used to exclude words from your search. So a search in our JISC Journal Archives subscription yields:

Bertolt brecht = 732 results
Bertolt brecht NOT review = 377 results

Other databases may use the minus sign instead, as Google does:

Atlantis = 108,000,000 results
Atlantis –disney = 105,000,000 results

But you need to be careful with this so as not to unintentionally exclude articles that may still be relevant. My elimination of the word review from my search above may have prevented me from retrieving some valid articles, as well as all of the Reviews as I had intended.

Finally consider using Advanced search.

Last modified: Monday, 5 October 2015, 10:49 AM