Searching Exact Word or Phrase

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Chris Lane | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 19 2019 2:59 PM

I have been under the impression that, when doing a basic search, putting a word in quotation marks would only return hits with that specific word. Recently when I have utilized quotation marks–without including any wildcards–I have been getting hits on various forms of the word searched. 

Just now I ran a search for "semitisms" and received his that included: "Semitic", "anti-Semitic," and "Semites."

A) Am I mistaken in my understanding that I should only be getting hits with the exact word? Is this how the quotation marks command has always functioned?

B) Has something recently changed? If so, what is the proper command to limit search hits to a specific word or phrase?

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 19 2019 4:33 PM

Chris Lane:
B) Has something recently changed? If so, what is the proper command to limit search hits to a specific word or phrase?

Nothing has changed. In the Search menu (top right), make sure that "Match all word forms" is not checked.  "Match case" can further restrict your results.

Anti-semitic is treated as two words, the same as anti semitic. So both will be a result when you search for semitic.

And a search for "anti semitic" (with quotes) will have anti-semitic as a result.

Chris Lane:
A) Am I mistaken in my understanding that I should only be getting hits with the exact word? Is this how the quotation marks command has always functioned?

In the Search tool, quotation marks are used only to delimit a phrase, so using them with a single word will have no effect. But a Library filter is affected by quotes e.g. "note" will prevent a result with notes.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 19 2019 10:02 PM

Chris Lane:
Just now I ran a search for "semitisms" and received his that included: "Semitic", "anti-Semitic," and "Semites."

Replicated using Logos 8.8 Beta 4

Chris Lane:
If so, what is the proper command to limit search hits to a specific word or phrase?

One option is unchecking Match All Word Forms

Another option is:

[match exact] semitisms

[match all] semitisms

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Chris Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2019 10:17 AM

Thanks, Dave & Keep Smiling. Unchecking "Match All Word Forms" did the trick! A good learning experience to remember these options that live in this menu!

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Chris Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2019 10:23 AM

Keep Smiling, 

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

I don't think I've come across operators that utilize brackets like this before. Is there a reference you can point to that shows such commands? Thanks!

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Andrew Batishko (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2019 11:22 AM

Chris Lane:

I don't think I've come across operators that utilize brackets like this before. Is there a reference you can point to that shows such commands? Thanks!

It's in the application help file. Check the Mark Sensitivity subsection of the Advanced Searching section of the resource.

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Chris Lane | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Sep 20 2019 11:31 AM

Added to Favorites. Thanks, Andrew.

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