Boolean searches are helpful when you have more advanced search criteria. You create these searches yourself by writing statements using Boolean operators and characters.
To learn more, the Article below will cover the following:
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How do I use Boolean for better search results?
Are you receiving too many irrelevant mentions? Perhaps you would like to find industry-specific terms, news, or listings and aren’t sure where to start? Boolean searches will zero in on what you’re looking for.
Boolean operators define relationships between keywords and exclude irrelevant mentions. Once you know how to construct them, you can start experimenting with your own queries.
For example, let’s say we want to find content about startups in Stockholm.
Startups and Stockholm
Now I want to further narrow down my search by industry. The /10 is a customisable parameter that specifies the proximity of your keywords to each other. Using this parameter helps you ensure the keywords are contextually relevant. A value of 10 stipulates that your search terms appear within 10 words of each other. Enter any numerical value as you see fit.
(tech or software) near/10 startups near/20 Stockholm
And lastly, I want to exclude all mentions of mobile.
((tech or software) near/10 startups near/20 Stockholm) not mobile
This query phrase searches for any mention of tech or software within 10 words of startups. This search string needs to be within 20 words of Stockholm. And I have blocked out all mentions of mobile.
Armed with a complete list of Boolean operators you can now create your own highly targeted searches. Follow the directions below to get started in Meltwater!
Build a Boolean Search:
To Build a Boolean Search, start in the Search tab. You will then select one of the two content types – News or Social – in the Search box drop down. The default selection is News. Next select "Advanced Search", Write your Boolean search query, and click "Update Search Results" to review your content or "save" to revisit your search at a later date.
We hope you enjoy using Boolean as much as we do!