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Search Tip Week Proceeds! Today in our series on search tips, we'll discuss ways to create more complex searches. Search Tip Week Persists! Today's Tip: OR & NOT Search Tip Week Goes On! In academic search engines, an asterisk is used at the end of a word to search for any word that begins with the characters before the asterisk. Search Tip Week Continues! Putting your terms in quotation marks searches for exactly those words in that order. Without them, it searches for those terms in any old way. Using quotation marks also dramatically reduces the number of results returned to you. Search Tip Week! Part the First. Have you ever looked at the options around our main search bar?