This guide will enable you to take full control of your results by building sophisticated search strings. As with all specialist databases, there are variations in how we employ the various search operators. The database will also tell you if there is a problem with syntax in your search, and will ask you to resolve it.  

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For more information about use of  " " (quotation marks) in advanced searching see below.
Note: Vable will change all Boolean connectors to upper case.


Proximity and Grouping

Useful Vable-Specific Search Tools

Symbols or Other Special Characters

In some cases, you may have punctuation as part of your search string which Vable recognises only as a search operator. The most common symbols include: + - = && || > < ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ " ~ * ? : \ /

Here you can simply remove all punctuation and use proximity searching or wildcards. For example, Gilbert + Tobin would become "Gilbert Tobin"~2. 

You can also instruct Vable to look for the character itself, rather than using it as a search operator. Do this by adding a \ (leading backslash). For example, to find in a URL field search would require the added leading slash,\/2018 

You can use " " (quotation marks) to designate phrases when you enter your terms, and Vable will not search for the quotation marks. For example, "law firm marketing" finds the phrase, but not documents where the phrase appears in actual quotation marks.

Likewise when you are using brackets, it will use them to group your search concepts, but will not find results where brackets appear.

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