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2. Use "Search by category": Type of information, Price, Subject
3. Use both the Search box and "Search by category" together (1 and 2)

Examples

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Step 1: Type "plane" in the search box and click the Search button.
Step 2: Select the Subject button found under "Search by category" and select Travel and tourism.

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Example: Find information on "performing arts"

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Step 1: Select the Subject button, then select Culture and leisure.
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3. If you know what you're looking for:
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Example: Find free Data tables on "education children"

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Step 1: Type the search term "education" in the search box and click the Search button.
Step 2: Then select free under Price.
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Step 4: You can continue to refine the search by adding another term in the search box, "children".

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Step 1: Type the search terms "diabetes quebec" in the search box and click the Search button.
Step 2: Then select Geography.
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Search commands

Table 1: Search commands
Boolean operators
AND
+
Income AND Labour
Income +Labour
Both terms must be included in the document.
OR Income OR Labour Either one term or both terms must be included in the document.
NOT
-
Income NOT Labour
Income -Labour
Excludes a term (labour).
Default for search is AND
Boolean operators must be capitalized
There is no space after the "+" or "-" operators<
Phrase search
" " "income in Canada" Quotes are used to tell the search engine which terms must be found together in the document.
Wildcards
? appl? -> apple and apply A wildcard, ? is used to replace a single character in the search term.
* immigr* -> immigration, immigrated, immigrating, immigrant, immigrants.
*cipl* -> principle and discipline
A wildcard, * is used to replace any number of characters in the search term.
A wildcard can be in any position in a word
Search automatically provides the stemming of a word, e.g., income -> incomes
Double vertical bars
|| environment || labour The relevance of results can be controlled via a double vertical bar. Terms to the right of the vertical bar are considered for relevance ranking.
Metadata field searches
title title:"Perspectives on Labour and Income" Provides a title search.
date date:2009-06-09 Provides a date search.
(Must be in YYYY-MM-DD format)
There is no space after the colon.

Search features

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Try also

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Sort by date

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