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To improve your search results, try these tips.

Use operators

Operators allow you to have more control over your searches. Check out these examples to see how easy it is to get the results you want:

OperatorMeaningExample
*The asterisk serves as a wildcard operator. Unlike the other operators, it gets added to the end of the word to be affected. Words match if they begin with the word preceding the * operator.paint*
This will return results that contain the word paint as well as paints, painted, painting and painterly etc.
+A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in each row that is returned.+oil painting
This will return results which contain the word oil but rank other results higher if they also contain painting.
-A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any of the rows that are returned.+oil -painting
This will return results that contain the word oil but not painting.
" "A phrase that is enclosed within double quotes only produces results that contain the whole phrase literally, as it was typed."School of Art"
This will return results that contain the exact phrase School of Art.
no operatorEntering your search terms with no operator other than whitespace.oil painting
This will return results with at least one of the two words.

A top tip for getting the best results is to combine operators.

Avoid stopwords

To further improve your search results try to avoid stopwords. Stopwords are commonly-used words (like also, and, away and here) or inappropriate words (like beforehand, concerning, everything and meanwhile). View a full list of stopwords.

In relation to using operators, if a stopword is specified with the truncation operator *, it will not be stripped from your search results.