At its simplest, a query can be just a word or a phrase. But as the examples below illustrate, you can expand the focus of your search to give you more complete results, or narrow the focus of your search to give you more relevant results.
    
  Query Example Search Results  
  birth Finds pages with the word birth.  
  natural and birth Finds pages with natural and birth on the same page.  
  natural and not birth Finds pages with natural but excludes pages with birth.  
  natural near birth Finds pages with natural in close proximity to birth on the same page.  
  natural or birth Finds pages with either natural or birth (or both words) on the page.  
  natural birth Shorthand notation for natural or birth. Finds pages with either natural or birth (or both words) on the page.  
  "natural birth" Finds pages with the phrase natural birth (birth must immediately follow natural on the page). Note the quotation marks.  
  herb* Finds pages with any word that begins with herb, such as herb, herbs, herbal, herbalist, Herbert, herbicide. Note the single asterisk.  
  midwife** Finds pages with forms of the word midwife, including midwife, midwives. Note the double asterisks.  
  "Where should I go to school?" Finds pages that answer the question, "Where should I go to school?" Note the quotation marks.