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Connector Symbol Retrieves


     & Search terms in the same document:
narcotics & warrant


 (space) Either search term or both:
car automobile


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"attractive nuisance"

Grammatical Connectors

    /s Search terms in the same sentence:
design*** /s defect!

    /p Search terms in the same paragraph:
hearsay /p utterance

    +s The first term preceding the second within the same sentence:
palsgraf +s island

    +p The first term preceding the second within the same paragraph:
ti(mikkelson +p mikkelson)

Numerical Connectors

    /n Search terms within "n" terms of each other (where "n" is a number from 1-255):
person** /3 jurisdiction

    +n The first term preceding the second by "n" terms (where "n" is a number from 1-255):
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laminectomy % to(413)
Use the % connector with caution; it may cause relevant documents to be excluded from your search result.

Root Expander
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Universal Character
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When you place the universal character at the end of a term, you specify the maximum length of that term. For example, object*** retrieves object, objects, objected, objective, objection and objecting but not objectionable.

Turning Off Plurals and Equivalents
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Restricting Your Search by Field
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To search by Type this
a title or case name: ti(staeger)
a Judge: ju(giovine)
a Citation: ci(871 +2 1998)
Within Opinions: op(department /s "standing to file")
Full-Text: ft("administrative hearings" /5 appoint /10 "qualified interpreter" /3 unavailable)

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