A few tips on searching A few tips on searching

Accented characters (é, è, ê, ç, ä, å, ø, ß, etc.) must be used where they occur.

No distinction is made between upper and lower case.

You can truncate to the right and/or the left by using an asterisk (*) e.g.: enter *quire for "inquire", "enquire" or "require", and requi* for "requirement", "requisite" or "requital".

N.B. The more you truncate the word, the more results you will come up with, so don't overdo it!

You can also insert an asterisk (*) in the middle of a word to replace one or more letters.

You can use a question mark (?) in the same way, but only to replace one character: e.g. enter forme? for former and formed.

You can search for a string of characters to obtain only exact matches with this string: e.g. common agricultural policy will retrieve only titles/documents containing these three words in this order (the spaces are taken as characters).

For more complex searches, use the Boolean operators "AND", "OR", "NOT" and brackets:

  • For Trade AND agreement AND Mexico will retrieve titles/documents containing all of the words entered, in any order;
  • Aid OR assistance will retrieve titles/documents containing at least one of the words entered (here: aid or assistance);
  • Prices NOT agricultural will retrieve titles/documents containing the first word entered but not the word(s) entered after it (in this case, "prices" will be retrieved but "prices for agricultural products" will not);
  • Nuclear AND (treaty OR agreement) will retrieve titles/documents containing at least one of the two terms plus the word "nuclear".