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JSTOR: Intro & Search Tips

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Near 5, 10, or 25

This is a proximity operator and searches for two words that are within either 5, 10, or 25 words of each other.

Example: When searching for the cause of the bubonic plague, you could use the search below to find the words "plague" and "cause" within 5 words of each other. This only works with single words--so a search for "United States" and "war" would not work.

Relevance of Terms

You can increase the importance of any term in your search by using the caret (^) symbol followed by a number that represents the rise in relevance or importance.

Example:  a search for plague^7 England tells will produce results where the word 'plague' in a record is seven times more frequent than the word 'England'.