Basic Search Tips


Searches from the general search box return entries that include all of your search terms anywhere on the page. Searches are not case sensitive. For example, it does not matter if you enter Computer Engineer or computer engineer; both will return the same results. Search results are sorted by relevance.

Sections below give more information about phrase search and Boolean operators.

See also Advanced Search Tips

To search:

  1. Enter a search term in the search box. Capitalization does not matter. You can search using keywords or a specific phrase. To quickly find a specific phrase, enclose the words in quotation marks. 


  2. Click the magnifying glass button to the right of the search box or press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. On the search results page, you can filter results by type. The filters that display vary, depending on the results returned for a particular search.


  4. By default, the Search Results page shows article results. To see video search results, click on the Video tab.



Boolean Operators

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center supports Boolean searching. Boolean operators—AND, OR, NOT—can be added to search terms to refine results. There is no need to include and between terms. If no operator is added, the AND operator is used automatically.

Enter a search term. Examples:

  • marine and biologist - Results include all articles with all of the search terms, marine as well as biologist
  • marine or biologist - Results include all articles with either of the search terms (marine or biologist) or both
  • marine not biologist - Results include only articles without the excluded search term: articles with marine that do not include biologist

Phrase Search

Use double quotation marks to define an exact phrase or phrases.


  • "health care" - Results include articles with health care together as a phrase but not a story with, for example, the phrases "health club" and "day care"
  • "health care" and emergency - Results include articles with health care as a phrase that also contain emergency
  • "health care" and "registered nurse" - Results include articles with health care as a phrase that also contain registered nurse as a phrase

Note: The Boolean operators OR and NOT can also be used in a phrase search. AND is the default Boolean operator.

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