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Punctuation and Symbols

This table shows how Franklin handles punctuation and common symbols.

Punctuation Treatment Search Examples Will Match
Apostrophe + s ('s) apostrophe in 's is ignored women's
midsummers
women's OR womens
midsummer's OR midsummers
Apostrophe with other letters, contractions Searched don't
dont
don't OR "don t"
dont OR don't
Ampersand (&) & 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 william,faulkner "william faulkner"
Comma (,) followed by a space Ignored, but impacts relevance ranking William, Faulkner faulkner AND william
Colon (:) Ignored Biology: An Introduction biology AND an AND introduction (consider putting titles in " ")
Dollar sign ($) Searched with and without $ $64 $64 OR 64 ($64 will be high in search results)
Exclamation point (!) Searched with and without ! oklahoma! 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
day-lewis
50-50
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--history france AND history
Hyphen or dash, single ( - ) before a word Acts as a Boolean NOT operator and excludes that word -honesty 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 either
Number / pound sign / sharp ( # )
Searched f# f# OR "f #"
Percent sign (%) Ignored 100% 100% 100 (100% will be high in search results)
Period (.) Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms, gets results with or without period 7.5
u.s.
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) p?int
destin?
paint OR point OR print
destiny (not destined)
Slash (/) Establishes an adjacency relationship between two characters or terms, results with or without slash inside/outside inside/outside OR "inside outside"
Last update: Friday, 10-Oct-2014 15:22:30 EDT