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Subject: How do I exclude words in a search?
Date Posted: 12/16/2007 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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Does anyone know how to exclude words in a book search?  I want to do a title or keyword search for "montana NOT mavericks" or "montana -mavericks", but I can't seem to get the syntax right.  Any suggestions?


Date Posted: 12/16/2007 9:04 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Did you try the Advanced Search?

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 9:12 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2007
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I did try the advanced search, but I didn't see a way to exclude words.  I might just be overlooking it, though.

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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I got the same results.  It looks as if the search engine doesn't see the minus sign and instead searches for books with both words.

Instead of trying to exclue "mavericks" you might be able to get better results by avoiding the word mavericks altogether and adding a genre & sub-genre. 

I put MONTANA in the title (or keyword) and then chose LITERATURE & FICTION as a genre and then chose a sub-genre.  It came up with 131 hits which is more hits than I got using the search MONTANA -MAVERICKS and seeing the series you are trying to avoid.

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I don't believe the search does booleans. I know it doesn't work with quotes nor AND so figure it probably does't work with NOT. Sorry.