Help with Acorn
|speak$||speak or speaks or speaker or speakers|
|cat?||cat or cats or cate (but not catatonic or catastrophe)|
|wom?n||woman or women or womyn|
|wom?n$||woman or women or womyn or woman's or womens or womanhood or womanly, etc.|
|wint$3||winter or winters or wintry (but not winterson or winterthur)|
At least one character must precede the symbol.
If you type more than one word into the search box, Acorn searches for the words in the SAME FIELD of the Acorn record.
To change the search strategy, combine words with one of these Boolean or proximity operators:
|and||all terms somewhere in every record||shakespeare and hamlet and women|
|or||any or all terms somewhere in every record||women or female|
|not||records containing the first term but not the second (use carefully)||civil war not united states|
all search words somewhere in the same sentence of every record
|encyclopedia with economics|
|same||all search terms somewhere in the same field of every record||music same nashville|
|adj||both search words side by side, in the order entered||south adj africa|
|adjn||both search words within n words, in the order entered||from adj here adj2 eternity|
|near||both search words side by side, in any order||style near manual|
|nearn||both search words within n words, in any order||causes near5 poverty|
When the search expression consists of a combination of terms, the order in which these terms are searched can be defined. If two operators are at the same level in the list, Acorn first searches the term at the left, then moves right. Refer to the following list for operator precedence, with the highest listed first.
- NEAR, ADJ
- AND, NOT
Group or nest search expressions using parentheses. Acorn searches the expression located in the innermost set of parentheses first. Acorn continues the search, moving outward to the terms at the edges of the expression.
These words are excluded from all keyword searches unless enclosed in quotation marks: a, an, and, as, at, be, but, by, do, for, if, in, is, it, near, not, of, on, or, same, the, to, with.