Pennsylvania Bulletin Online Search Tips

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Boolean Operators

Search keywords and file properties can be combined to broaden or narrow a search with operators. The following table explains common operators used in a search query.

NOTsocial NOT securityFinds items that contain social, but not security.
-social -securityFinds items that contain social, but not security.
OR social OR securityFinds items that contain social or security.
Quotation marks "social security"Finds items that contain the exact phrase social security.
Parentheses (social security)Finds items that contain social and security in any order.


There may only be one operator for NOT and OR. The operator must be in uppercase and cannot be combined in one query (e.g., social OR security NOT retirement).

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