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The Essential ATLA Database: Boolean & Wildcards

AND, OR, NOT

Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) are useful for expanding or limiting a search's results. 

 

Conceptualizing boolean search results as a Venn diagram is helpful.

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Indentify Nuances with Boolean Searches

  • Use boolean searches to gain a nuanced view of a particular subject area, i.e. how integral a particular scholar is to their respective discipline, or how influential a particular place is to a given movement or historical trend.