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Exact phrases

If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes.

  • ["bureau of consumer protection"] will only find that exact phrase.
  • [bureau of "consumer protection"] will find pages that contain the word bureau and the exact phrase "consumer protection".

Either/or

If you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use “--“ or "|".

  • [bureau | consumer | protection] will find pages that contain any of those 3 words.

Exclusions

If you don't want a term or phrase, use the "-" symbol.

  • [-bureau of consumer protection] will return pages that contain "consumer" and "protection" but do not contain "bureau".

Similar terms

Use the "~" symbol to return similar terms.

  • [~bureau of consumer protection] will get you pages that contain "agency of consumer protection" and "business of consumer protection" but not "bureau of consumer protection".

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