Quick Search

Natural Language

A Natural Language search utilizes simple language without using Boolean operators.

  1. Select the Quick Search tab and then select the Natural Language option.

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  2. If you are looking for articles about life on other planets, you can conduct a Natural Language search by typing Is there life on other planets. Choose to return articles by relevance or date and select Submit Search.

  3. Your query searches the feature for articles that contain most of the words that you entered. The following predefined set of stop words are eliminated when a Natural Language search is performed:

a, about, after, all, also, an, any, and, are, as, at, be, because, been, but, by, can, co, crop, could, for, from, had, has, have, he, her, his, if, in, inc, into, is, it, its, last, more, most, mr, mrs, mz, no, not, only, of, one, on, or, other, out, over, so, says, she, some, such, s, than, that, the, their, there, they, this, to, was, where, we, when, which, who, will, with, would, up

When a Natural Language search is submitted, the search engine automatically deletes all stop words and searches only for the remaining search terms. In the example above -- Is there life on other planets -- the search engine automatically disregards the words is, there and other, and searches for the words life, on and planets.