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Connectors

Connectors (also known as Boolean operators) are used in searches to link together two or more terms. The most commonly-used connectors are: AND and OR.

AND narrows a search; you get fewer records, because both terms must be present in the records found--here the area in color. Use AND to combine different concepts in one search. In many search engines you can use a + in front of each term instead of AND.

Graph for an AND search

OR broadens a search; you get more records because OR includes each of the concepts separately, as well as both concepts when found together. OR is often used to link together related concepts.

Graph for an OR search

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