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You can find articles in the Dictionary by searching or browsing.

1. Quick Search

The quick search box at the top-right of the page is the easiest way to search. Enter a term you are interested in and press return or hit the search button.

2. Search query options

2.1 Fuzziness

Fuzzy searching is enabled by default; your search will find similarly spelled words to those you typed. You can disable fuzziness by using quotes around a word or phrase:

  • Economics will search for words spelled similarly to economics
  • "Economics" will search for the word economics
  • "Dual economies" will search for the adjacent words "dual economies"

2.2 Accents, case and punctuation

  • Accents such as in 'Frèdèric' are ignored and need not be entered, so Frederic would be equivalent.
  • Punctuation such as full-stop is also ignored. Some punctuation symbols may have special meanings in search queries (see below for search modifiers).
  • Search is not case-sensitive, so Fred, FRED, fred and fREd are all equivalent. (Note: the boolean keywords AND, OR and NOT must be upper-case to be recognised)

2.3 Boolean search modifiers

The following symbols may be used in search queries:

  1. dual economies will find articles containing either dual or economies, prioritising those with both.
  2. -dual economies will find articles containing economies but without dual
  3. +dual economies will find articles containing dual, prioritising those also containing economies

The keywords AND, OR and NOT can also be used (equivalent to the corresponding examples above):

  1. dual OR economies
  2. economies NOT dual
  3. dual AND economies

3. Advanced search

You can find the advanced search form using the link below the quick search box.

The advanced search form allows you to search in the following fields:

  • Full Text
  • Bibliographies
  • Article titles
  • Abstracts
  • Keywords

You can also select a topic to search within on the advanced search screen.

4. Search results

The search results page shows a list of articles that matched your search. You can move through the pages of results with the page numbers and next/previous links.

The title of each article links to the article view.

You can also adjust your search using the controls on the left. Change the field or topic to search in by selecting your new choice and pressing "update".

If you are a My Dictionary user, you can also save your search using the button to the right.