- Use OR to bring more results: Leeds OR Bradford
- Use NEAR to find two words close to each other: Shakespeare NEAR war
- Use "quote marks" to find exact phrases
- Use brackets for complex searches: Inn AND (Southwark OR Lambeth)
- Use NOT to exclude results: Austen NOT Jane
- Use a * to pick up variant spellings: Rob*n* will find Robins, Robbins, Robyns and Robinson
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