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Help: Proximity Searching (NEAR, FOLLOWED BY)

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See also:
Boolean searching | Truncation searching

Proximity searching allows you to combine search terms using the two proximity operators NEAR and FBY (FOLLOWED BY). Enter the required terms separated by the proximity operator you wish to use.

When searching using NEAR and FBY, you can specify the maximum number of words you want to allow between the terms by entering a full stop followed by the required number immediately after the operator, for example near.6. When executing a phrase proximity search, the Digitale Bibliothek Deutscher Klassiker counts the number of words between the first word of the first phrase and the first word of the second phrase.

If no maximum is set, the software will retrieve all items where the terms entered are within ten words of each other.

NEAR

The NEAR operator enables you to search for terms situated within a specified distance of each other, and in any order.

    For example:
    Proximity search example

FOLLOWED BY

The FBY (FOLLOWED BY) operator enables you to search for terms situated within a specified distance of each other, and in the specified order.

    For example:
    Proximity search example

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