Utilizing Boolean Operators

The operators you can include in your queries are quotes, parentheses, ANDOR, and NOT.

Expanding your search results: This OR That.

When searching for content about an event or topics, you'll want to broaden your results by including synonyms and related terms. Using OR between two or more search terms will return results that contain either or all search terms. 

Example 1: Superbowl OR SB50.

In this example, your search will retrieve results that have either or both of the terms 'superbowl' and 'SB50.'

Example 2: "global warming" OR "climate change" OR "greenhouse emissions"

In this example, your search will retrieve results that have either, any, or all of the terms 'global warming', 'climate change' and 'greenhouse emissions.'


Narrowing your search results: This AND That.

Use the AND operator to narrow your results.  Separate search terms with an upper-case AND statement to limit results to only those mentioning both terms.  

Example 1: Acquisition AND Facebook

In this example, your search will retrieve articles/posts that mention both acquisitions and Facebook.

Example 2: "3D Printing" AND Startup

In this example, the search results will be limited to those mentioning 3D Printing and startups. 

Searching for an exact phrase. 

Sometimes you’ll want your search to be a little more precise, you can search for articles that contain an exact phrase. Use quotation marks to find an exact match of a phrase. 

Example: "autonomous vehicle"

Exclude keywords from your results

You can narrow your search by filtering out results containing keywords you don’t want. Use the NOT operator to exclude keywords from your results or exclude keywords by selecting the minus icon next to the term in the search results.  

Example 1: Amazon NOT rainforest

In this example, we're trying to find mentions of the company Amazon rather than the region. Using a NOT statement excludes all mentions of the region. 

Example 2: Depression NOT economic

In this example, we're trying to find content relating to depression. Adding a NOT statement for economic will exclude all results mentioning economic depression.  

Use Parentheses to create complex queries

Use parentheses to create complex search terms by combining operators.  This is useful for event detection and for when you need precise results.  

Example 1: (Global OR international) AND (economy OR economic OR financial) AND (crisis OR recession).  

In this example, the objective is to detect news about a global economic crisis. Using parentheses to separate operators, our query will return results that mention at least one of the search terms within each set of parentheses. 

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