This table shows how Franklin handles punctuation and common symbols.
|Apostrophe + s ('s)
||apostrophe in 's is ignored
|women's OR womens
midsummer's OR midsummers
|Apostrophe with other letters, contractions
|don't OR "don t"
dont OR don't
||& is translated to "and" and matches against an ampersand or "and"
||love & death
||love and death
|Comma (,) not followed by a space
||Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms
|Comma (,) followed by a space
||Ignored, but impacts relevance ranking
||faulkner AND william
||Biology: An Introduction
||biology AND an AND introduction (consider putting titles in " ")
|Dollar sign ($)
||Searched with and without $
||$64 OR 64 ($64 will be high in search results)
|Exclamation point (!)
||Searched with and without !
||oklahoma! OR oklahoma (results with ! will be high in search results)
|Hyphen or dash (-), single, between words, names, numbers
||Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms, gets results with or without hyphen
|half-life OR "half life"
day-lewis OR "day lewis"
50-50 OR "50 50"
|Hyphen or dash (--), double, between words, names, numbers
||Space substituted, words combined with AND
||france AND history
|Hyphen or dash, single ( - ) before a word
||Acts as a Boolean NOT operator and excludes that word
||removes word from search
|Hyphens in ISBN or ISSN (works in an ALL Franklin search and an isbn/issn search)
||Results the same with or without hyphen
||0394577787 OR 0-394-57778-7
|Number / pound sign / sharp ( # )
||f# OR "f #"
|Percent sign (%)
||100% 100 (100% will be high in search results)
||Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms, gets results with or without period
|7.5 OR "7 5"
u.s. AND "u s"
|Plus sign (+) after word or character
||Ignored, except for relevance ranking; selected terms such as C++ have been explicitly configured
|Question mark (?)
||Single character wildcard (see truncation)
|paint OR point OR print
destiny (not destined)
||Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms, results with or without slash
||inside/outside OR "inside outside"