What in the world is Boolean Phrase Searching? It’s a way of searching a digital database using certain words – operators – to tell the search engine specifically what you want. This type of searching is most commonly used for surfing the net, searching libraries, and for rifling through other similar repositories of information that use a digital catalogue.
Why would you want to use it? Well, it allows you to get exactly the results you want by broadening or narrowing your search to include or exclude particular phrases or words. You may have already picked up some Boolean searching on your own, just from tinkering around the Internet.