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Boolean operators AND / OR / NOT - To find a smaller set of results, try combining terms with AND. To find a larger set of results, try combining terms using OR. To find results that leave out certain words, use OR.
Truncation - Shortening of a word to its root and adding an asterisk to find results using all variations of the word.
Phrase searching - Put quotation marks around two or more words to search by phrase instead of by the individual words (for example, "social media").
Here are some sample searches showing the above techniques:
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