Advanced search options and help

Horticulture Week's search allows simple single or multiple searches against our huge archive of articles. However, a few simple techniques allow you to get even more out of its search function.

You can create sophisticated searches using operators, which are special words used in the search/keyword field such as "AND" to ensure the search works in a specific way.

OR

This operator allows a search to return results that contain any of the search terms you provide. However it is the default and therefore you do not need to provide it.
Example: A search for plant OR pests is the same as for plant pests because the search defaults to the OR operator

AND

This operator ensures that all words can be found in each of the search results
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the words garden and design – but not necessarily in that order or next to each other – just somewhere in the article.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: garden AND design

+

The "+" operator ensures the term after the "+" symbol exists somewhere in each search result.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain either the words garden or landscape but always contain the word design.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: garden landscape +design

-

The "-" operator ensures term after the "-" symbol DOES NOT exists somewhere in each search result.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the word garden but must not contain the word centre.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: garden -centre 

NOT

The "NOT" operator excludes words that you do NOT want to be found anywhere in the search results.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the word garden but DO NOT contain design.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: garden NOT design

Phrases

If you wish to search against multiple words as an exact phrase, you can do this using bouble quote marks.
Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the exact phrase meadow seed mixture.
Solution: Enter this into the keywords field: "meadow seed mixture"

Combining operators – Advanced Searches

You can combine the operators above to create complex, grouped searches using parentheses. 

Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the phrase meadow seed mixture and MUST mention Suttons
Solution:
 Enter this into the keywords field: "meadow seed mixture" AND Suttons

 Example: You wish to search for articles that contain the phrase sports turf and EITHER  groundsman or greenkeeper
Solution:
 Enter this into the keywords field: "sports turf" AND (groundsman OR greenkeeper)