Refining Searches

In many instances, a search produces a results list that is far too long to skim for the information you seek. You can narrow down a search by combining search terms with the AND or ACCRUE operators. In effect, these operators impose more stringent conditions that documents must fulfill in order to appear in the results list.

AND Operator

The AND operator finds pages that match all terms in the query. If any of the search terms is not contained in a document, that document does not appear in the results list. For example, if you are interested in business loans you can issue the query:


ACCRUE Operator

The ACCRUE operator finds pages that match any terms in the query. When the ACCRUE operator is used, the Verity search engine calculates the number of times that the terms appear in the document. The more instances found, the higher the document appears in the results list.

The syntax for the ACCRUE operator is a sequence of search terms separated by commas. For example: