Connector Order and Priority

Lexis Advance® uses the following order of operations for connector searches:

  1. or
  2. proximity connectors1, such as near/n, onear/n, /seg,  w/n,  pre/n,  NOT/n,  NOT/seg, /s, /p, w/sent, w/para
  3. and
  4. and not

Example:     bankrupt! w/25 discharg! and student or college or education! w/5 loan

This search query is processed in the following way:

  1. or has the highest priority, so it operates first. In this example, student or college or education! is processed as a unit, which is created by the or connector.
  2. w/5 ties together the term loan and the student or college or education! unit.
  3. w/25 operates next and creates a unit of the bankrupt! w/25 discharg! terms.
  4. and operates last and links the units formed in the second and third items above.

1 Proximity connectors are processed from the smallest to the largest

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