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Number of Hits

The Number of hits “+” operator can be used to specify that documents with more hits on a particular word be given preference over documents with hits on other words.

Procedure

The procedure for designing and executing a search query with operators is as follows:

 

Step 1. Decide what word you want to give preference for in your query.

Step 2. Place a plus sign, +, directly next to that word (i.e., no intervening space)

Step 3. Click on the Search button to execute your search and return a Search Results page.

Examples

Query (Words and Operators)

Retrieves

Notes

+cardin congressional committee

Documents with words "cardin", "congressional", and "committee" anywhere inside the document with documents having more hits on "cardin" being given higher relevancy than documents with more hits on "congressional" or "committee"

 

++cardin congressional +committee

Documents with words "cardin", "congressional", and "committee" anywhere inside the document with documents having more hits on "cardin" being given the highest relevancy, followed by documents having more hits on “committee” given the next highest relevancy, and documents having more hits on “congressional” given lower relevancy

 

 

 


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