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'Noise' words:
These are common words such as: a, an, and, as and others. These words will be ignored by the search engine unless they are part of a Boolean (see below) search.

Punctuation marks:

Punctuation marks such as: ; (semicolon), : (colon), . (full stop/period), , (comma) and others are ignored by the search engine.

Special Characters:

To use specially treated characters such as &, |, ^, #, @, $, (, ), in a query, enclose your query in quotation marks (“).

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Case:

The search engine is case insensitive so the query " butterfly valve" will return the same results as " Butterfly Valve".

Keyword Search:

The query, butterfly valve will return all documents containing the words "butterfly" and "valve". This type of search will return the same results as the Boolean "butterfly" AND "valve".

Phrase Search:

The query, "butterfly valve" which will only return documents containing "butterfly valve".

Boolean Searches:

The query, butterfly AND NOT valve will return documents containing "butterfly" but not "valve".
The query, butterfly AND valve will return documents containing the words "butterfly" and "valve".
The query, butterfly OR valve will return documents containing "butterfly" and also documents containing "valve".

Proximity Searches:

The query, butterfly NEAR valve will return documents containing the word "butterfly" NEAR the word "valve".

Advanced Searches:

The query @size > 1000 will return all documents with a size greater than 1KB.
The query #filename *.doc will return only word documents.
The query @write > 01/2/1 10:00:00 will return only documents modified since the 1st Feb 2001 at 12:00am.
The query but* will return all documents containing "but" as part of a word, i.e. "Butterfly", "Distance" and so on.
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