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Search Tips

How search terms work

If you search using more than one word, the search is split so that each word is searched for separately. The search engine will only return those courses that have all the words you have requested. But you can refine the search further to get a more relevant result, as shown below:

Quoted phrases

If you surround a few words in quote marks (") then they will be considered together as one single phrase.

example: "veterinary profession"

This is useful when you want to find specific phrases. Without the quote marks this search would look for pages that had both veterinary and profession in them but not necessarily together as one phrase which might means you get pages back that aren't specifically about the veterinary profession.

Using OR

If you want to search for a variety of terms and phrases but don't necessarily want every one to have to be present to match then you can do so by entering OR in between each phrase or term.

example: veterinary OR profession OR practice

Wildcard searches

You can use wildcards within your search query. 2 different types are supported.

 

Single character

To add a single character wildcard use a ?.

example: te?t

This would match test and text

.

Multiple character

To add a multiple character wildcard use a *.

example: test*

This would match testteststestertested, and so on.

You can also use this in the middle of a term.

example: te*t

 

Combined searching

You can use the tips above together in any combination.

example: "veterinary profession" OR te?t OR "test* role"

 

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