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Using Boolean OperatorsBoolean operators are a mathematical set of terms that limit or more clearly define operations in geometry and other math courses. The use in this case is to limit the relationship between a set of key words that assist in searching for information on the Net. When search engines were first used these indicators (and, or, adj, not) had to be used to search for web sites. In recent years, most search engines default to and (+) in the key word listing. To be sure of your favorite search engine, read the help or tips section specific to your engine. The first site below gives a detailed account of Boolean indicators and their use in searching. The second site shows the link between math, Boolean indicators, and searching on the web.

This page was updated on: 04/10/02 