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Excluding Terms From Searches

If you have used a term with more than one meaning in a query, you may generate a results list with documents that are not relevant to your search even though they match the query term.

NOT Modifier/Operator

To exclude irrelevant documents from a search, you can use the NOT modifier/Operator as part of the query. For example, if you are looking for documents about financial institutions and a search for the term bank produces a results list with documents relating to river banks as well, you can exclude those documents by issuing the following query:


The example doesn't match the actual situation with PsychSpider's collections. It's only to show the way how the NOT operator is working.
The Operator '-' is a substitute for NOT.

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Tip of the week: Some terms may have more than one meaning in a query. "Depression" can be the illness or the time of the Great Depression in the US. To get relevant results combining your search term with other words might help (Tip 11).

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