Search Florida Memory Effectively
Florida Memory uses a semi-Boolean search. Understanding a few key concepts of this search type will help you efficiently and effectively find what you are looking for.
What Does the Search Search?
- When you search Florida Memory, you are searching the entire database and all its associated metadata, whether displayed in the record or not.
- Florida Memory uses a stemmed search method which helps expands the search for slight variations.
- For example, searching Constitution will include results for Constitutional and Constitutions.
- Some words are automatically eliminated from searches to prevent large quantities of irrelevant results.
- Generally, these are prepositions (with, at, on, for, by, etc.), conjunctions (but, and, or, etc.), articles (a, an, the), and demonstratives (this, that, these, those).
- Operators help refine a search by removing unwanted results. Florida Memory supports several operators, including quotation marks, OR, AND, NOT, and parentheses.
- No operators: Searching for fishing boat will return all items that contain the words fishing and boat (similar or same as AND).
- Quotations: Searching for "fishing boat" will return instances including that exact phrase (i.e., "Fishing boat" would not return an instance for fishing on a boat).
- AND: Searching for fishing AND boat returns all instances where both the words fishing and boat are present (Example 1).
- OR: Searching for fishing OR boat returns all instances where either the word fishing or boat is present (Example 2).
- NOT: Searching for fishing NOT boat returns all instances of fishing that do not include boat (Example 3).
- Parentheses allow for complex combinations of the above searches.
- Searching for (fishing OR boat) AND yacht returns all instances of yacht that include either the word fishing or boat (Example 4).
- Searching for (fishing OR boat) NOT yacht returns all instances of fishing or boat that do not contain yacht (Example 5).
Examples of Boolean Operators