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What are the Precision Operator and Precision Distance options in the EBSCOadmin Search Modes settings?

In the EBSCOadmin Search Modes settings, you can set Near or Within proximity settings for the Boolean/Phrase search mode.

  • Select Near from the Precision Operator drop-down menu to set the Boolean/Phrase search mode to find search terms if they are within a certain number of words (Distance) of one another regardless of the order in which they appear.

    Example: If the operator is set as Near with a distance of 5, a search for tax reform finds results that would match tax reform as well as reform of income tax.


  • Select Within from the Precision Operator drop-down menu to set the Boolean/Phrase search mode to find search terms if they are within a certain number of words (Distance) of one another and in the order in which you entered them.

    Example: If the operator is set as Within with a distance of 8, a search for tax reform finds results that would match tax reform but would not match reform of income tax.

Specify the number of words by entering a number between 1-99 in the Precision Distance field.