A search query is broken up into terms and operators. There are two types of terms: Single Terms and Phrases. A Single Term is a single word such as "IAATO" or "penguin". A Phrase is a group of words surrounded by double quotes such as "visitor guidelines".
Multiple terms can be combined together with Boolean operators to form a more complex query (see below).

Wildcard Searches

IAATO Search supports single and multiple character wildcard searches within single terms (not within phrase queries). To perform a single character wildcard search use the "?" symbol. To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "*" symbol.
The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for "northeast" or "northwest" you can use the search:


Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:


Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. IAATO Search supports AND, "+", OR, NOT and "-" as Boolean operators (Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS). The OR operator is the default conjunction operator.
To search for documents that contain either "northeast antarctic" or just "island" use the query:

"northeast antarctic" island


To search for either "northeast" or "northwest" and "antarctic" use the query:

(northeast OR northwest) AND antarctic