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Search by keyword

By default the search takes into account all the terms entered.

Eg.: Rimbaud Verlaine will search for Rimbaud AND Verlaine

Search operators

Place a ~ or a – in front of a term to render it optional or exclude it entirely.

Eg.: Rimbaud Verlaine -Corbière will search for Rimbaud AND Verlaine WITHOUT Corbière

Connect terms in a sub-expression with the help of parentheses. It is possible to stack sub-expressions.

Eg.: ~(Rimbaud Verlaine) ~(Verlaine Corbière) will search for Rimbaud WITH Verlaine OR Verlaine WITH Corbière


Use an asterisk (*) to replace a number of characters at the end of a word.

Eg.: histo* will search for histoire, histoires, historique, etc.

Literal search

Search for an exact expression made up of a number of words with the help of double quotation marks ("…").

Eg.: "au bonheur des dames"

Full text search

The following information applies only to the "Full Text" search field in the advanced search.

Use the question mark (?) to replace a character.
Eg.: déb?t

To do a fuzzy search, add the tilde sign (~) at the end of the word.
Eg.: tête~

For a proximity search: add the tilde sign (~) followed by a number at the end of an expression in quotation marks.
Eg.: "soleil satan"~10 searches for the words soleil and satan at a distance of 10 words maximum.


You will find a short tutorial by following this link.