Search Term Connectors
The following term connectors help you define the terms you are searching (or not searching) on.
For information on defining the proximity between your search terms, see Proximity Connectors. Additionally, for information on using wildcard characters in your search terms, see Wildcards.
Note: To view all search connectors (term and proximity) and wildcard characters in a quick reference document, see Nexis Commands at a Glance.
Note: See French and German Search Term Connectors for a list of connectors available in those languages.
Use the AND connector to find words that are far apart from one another or in different sections. Searches using AND usually find more documents than searches using the near connector. As a rule, use AND when it doesn't matter where your search words appear in a document. Use the NEAR connector when there is a connection between your search terms and you need to find the terms near each other.
Note: You can use an ampersand (&) in place of AND. The two connectors operate the same way.
To find general information about budget deficits, you could use this search:
budget and deficit
However, to find documents that are relevant when your search terms are less specific, you may need to use the NEAR connector. For example, this search will find more relevant documents than if the AND connector were used:
fiduciary near/1 duty near/10 breach
Use the AND NOT connector to find documents in which a search word or phrase is to be excluded.
You can use these connectors in the same way as the AND NOT connector:
- BUT NOT
All these connectors operate the same way.
This search finds documents where the word capital occurs but the word gains does not.
capital AND NOT gains
Because the exclusion covers the entire document, in this example, a document would be excluded if the word gains appears anywhere in the document.
You can exclude documents containing multiple words this way:
capital AND NOT gains AND NOT improvements
This example finds documents where the word capital occurs but the words gains and improvements do not.
Use the OR connector to find documents that contain either or both of the words or phrases linked by or. Use the OR connector to link search words that are synonyms, antonyms, alternative spellings, or abbreviations.
The search looks for the words or phrases linked by the OR connector, not the word "or" itself. The words or phrases linked by OR can be in any part of a document.
You can use a space in place of OR if you wish. The two connectors operate the same way.
Ship OR vessel OR boat
reasonable OR unreasonable
takeover OR takeover
british broadcasting corporation OR b.b.c. OR bbc