Introduction to Boolean Search

Boolean search is not some kind of magic word, but it essential knowledge that all recruiters need to know so they can use it when they are searching for candidates. If you are recruiter and you’ve never heard Boolean operators, it’s time to start learning the basics! Most online databases and search engines support Boolean searches and you can use it for effective searches.

Boolean logic covers the operators AND, OR and NOT. The name Boolean comes from mathematician George Boole.

Boolean searches allow you to combine phrases and words using these operators and they will help you to define your search, help you to limit the search, or widen the search.

Boolean Search Tools

If you are just starting with Boolean you can use some Boolean tools. These tools will help you to create search strings much faster.

There are tools that will build the search strings for you, but some of them only help you build strings for single sites, like LinkedIn or Facebook.

Some tools like SourcingLab.io or other tools that will help you to create search strings for sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and many other sites.

But if you know how to create Boolean stings without these tools, your will need only one tool: Notepad.

Boolean Operators

This tutorial is specially designed to help you learn Boolean search strings as quickly and efficiently as possible. A quick overview of the three core Boolean search operators and three core Boolean query modifiers: AND, OR, NOT, Asterisk, Parentheses, Quotation Marks.

You will learn how to use Boolean operators to connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. You will also learn how to build basic Boolean search strings so you can connect various pieces of information to find exactly what you're looking for.

After this course, you will be able to create effective strings for your searches. You will also be able to customize strings that you find on the internet or that you create with tools like SourcingLab.io

These are the five basics elements of syntax you need to learn:




()  (Parenthesis)

““ (Quotations)


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