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Stop Words

BU Google ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how," as well as certain single digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results.

If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it (be sure to include a space before the "+" sign).

Another method for doing this is conducting a phrase search, which simply means putting quotation marks around two or more words. Common words in a phrase search (e.g., "where are you") are included in the search.

For example, to search for Annual Report Version I, enter:


Stemming (not supported)

Some search engines use stemming logic to find related results with related search terms. With stemming, a search for "boat" could return results for "boating" and "boats."

BU Google does not use stemming and searches for the words exactly as you enter them. If you need more search results, try new searches using variations of your search terms.

Wildcard Characters (not supported)

Some search engines allow wildcard characters such as "*" and "?" to search for variations on words. BU Google does not support wildcard searching and searches for words exactly as you enter them.


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