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Database quick guides: EEBO

EEBO

EEBO

DESCRIPTION

EXAMPLES

Searching for different variations of a word

A broad selection of different forms of a word can be used by selecting the option Variant forms.

murder -> [murder | murther | mvrder | murthered | murdered | murdred | murtherd | murdering | murthering | murderyng | murtheringe | murders | murthers]

Finding variations of a word

Truncation and wildcards

Asterisk (*) replaces 0...n symbols.

Question mark (?) replaces one symbol.

The symbols cannot be used with the functions Variant spellings and Variant forms.

 

creat* -> creature, creation, create, creating, creator jne.

hono?r -> honor, honour

Phrases

A phrase is written as it is.

Quotation marks are necessary only when a phrase contains and, or, not, near, or exact.

Truncation can only be used with the last word.

new world

"war and peace"

Boolean operators
 

Operator AND limits the search by searching with multiple search terms.

war and peace -> both words must be included in the search result

Operator OR searches alternatives.

war or peace ->  either words or both can be found
 

NOT is an unconditional operator

war not peace ->  the word ‘war’ has to be included in the search result but ‘peace’ cannot be in it

Parentheses can be used to determine the order of precedence because parentheses are always processed first.

(west indies near pirates) or (west indies near buccaneers)

Proximity operators

Operator NEAR
Only near = the words are ten words apart from each other.
The proximity can be determined by adding a period and a number after the operator.

education near female

sly near.6 fox

Operator FBY can be used to determine the word order.
Only fby = the words are ten words apart from each other.
The proximity can be determined by adding a period and a number after the operator.

heart fby head

young fby.5 in love

Operator EXACT searches for a specific form.

Options in Select from a list function this way.

Links

Basic Search Help – in EEBO database

Advanced Search Help – in EEBO database

Rights to Use – in FinElib