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Combining Search Terms

More techniques to refine your search . . .

Search for an exact match

Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, “Montreal Protocol”.

Combine searches terms – “AND”

If you enter two simple search terms, such as Belgium Trade, Google gives you all results containing the words Belgium and Trade.

For more complex searches, however, you may wish to use the “AND” operator. For example, Belgium AND “Montreal Protocol”.

Combine searches terms – “OR”

Put “OR” between each search query. For example, Burma OR Myanmar.

Exclude words from your search

Put – (hyphen) in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, SOFA Military –furniture

Search for wildcards or unknown words

Put a * in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. For example, “largest * in the world”.

After your retrieve your results . . . searching within a transcript

Our oral history transcripts are currently available in PDF format. To search within the PDF document once retrieved, simply press “Control-F” and enter your search term.

Good luck searching!