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The full text search option searches for your keyword(s) in all of the text of each article. This means that if you search on an author name, you will get all articles written by that author and all articles that have cited this author. If this is not what you want, use the Advanced Search.

Boolean Search Options
Any of the following can be used in combination.
* An asterisk includes any additional letters before or after your search word,
    e.g., kaka* will find "kaka", "kakariki", and "kakapo".

" A phrase enclosed in quotation marks will find only articles with the whole phrase present,
    e.g., "Mohoua novaeseelandiae" will find "Mohoua novaeseelandiae" but not "Mohoua albicilla" or "Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae".

+ A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present,
    e.g., +Williams will find only articles containing containing "Williams".

- A leading minus sign indicates that this word must be absent,
    e.g., -Wilson will find only articles not containing "Wilson".

~ A leading tilde reduces the ranking of articles containing this word,
    e.g., ~Wilson will find articles containing "Wilson" but it will rank them low in the search results.
For all the details on boolean searching of a MySQL database, see the MySQL Reference Manual.

One and two letter words excluded
NZJFor uses the MySQL FULLTEXT boolean search function. To make searching fast, common words (at, the, who, etc.) and all words < 3 letters long are excluded from the search index. The only exception to this are phrases that contains some words with < 3 letters.