Search Tips


AND Operator ( + )

When constructing a search query, multiple terms can be combined using the AND operator (AND must be entered in uppercase). Search results will be compiled which include all the terms which are combined using AND
Examples:
  • materials AND testing
  • supersonic AND "wind tunnel"
Note, the plus character ( + ) can be used instead of AND
Examples:
  • materials+testing
  • supersonic+"wind tunnel"


OR Operator

To broaden the results returned from a search query, the OR operator can be used (OR must be entered in uppercase). Search results will contain entries which match on either term which is combined using OR
Example:
  • sensor OR instrument


AND NOT Operator ( - )

To exclude terms from the search result, use the AND NOT operator (AND NOT must be entered in uppercase). Search results will include the first term must but never the second.
Example:
  • logic AND NOT fuzzy - searches for instances of 'logic' where 'fuzzy' is not found
Note, the minus character ( - ) can be used instead of AND NOT
Example:
  • logic-fuzzy


"Exact Phrase"

Use double quotes to specify an exact phrase to search for
Example:
  • "impact tester for plastics" - would NOT match on impact tester for wood and plastics


Prefix Search using ( * )

One can search for words which begin with a specific prefix using the * operator
Example:
  • str* - will find all words beginning with 'str' such as 'structures' and 'stroke'


Multiple Search Terms

When the search query consists of multiple terms which are not combined using logical operators, the TecQuipment search engine assumes that AND should be used and compiles results which include ALL terms, hence:
The search query "bending of beams" is equivalent to "bending AND of AND beams"