The standard search on Devex without using any Boolean terms functions similar to a Google search.
Projects that have all of the keywords will appear at the top of the search results whereas those with only some or one of the keywords will appear at the bottom. However, there are a few ways to further define your search.
Please note, that using many of these keys in one search could slow down the search speed as the system needs to scan the profiles with the new rules.
Key: "" - Quotation marks
Use: Search by phrase rather than individual words
Example: "climate change"
Results: Will include any project with both keywords in this pattern, if you were to search for climate change without the quotation marks the search would be looking for climate or change, the word change can be included in many funding opportunities related to every and any sector.
Use: Require all keywords
Example: gender AND health
Results: The search will only show projects that are both gender and health orientated
Use: Require at least one of the keywords
Example: education AND (health OR gender)
Results: This search will show projects focused on education and either health or gender.
Example: education OR (health AND gender)
Results: Similar to the last search, this will show projects with the keywords of education or health and gender
* Remember, if you only have two or more ‘or’ search terms (i.e. health OR gender) you do not need to put OR – the default search will already do that.
Key: () - Parentheses
Use: Combine different keywords and Boolean search terms
Example: "climate change" AND (study OR research)
Results: Will show projects that are related to the phrase “climate change” but also include the terms study or research.
Key: AND NOT
Use: Remove projects that contain a certain keyword
Example: gender AND NOT “maternal health”
Results: Will include any project with the keyword gender, but not those with maternal health
Key: + -
Use: Alternate way of searching AND, AND NOT
Example: +gender health –“maternal health”
Results: This search will require the keyword gender, the project could have health (but is not required – it’s an OR term) and not have the keyword “maternal health”
Use: Boost certain keywords
Example: health^10 gender
Results: Health is considered 10x more important than gender, and the order of the projects will reflect that weight. This is an OR search since we did not specify AND.* The results will be the same number as if you did health gender but in a different order – weighted more heavily to health.
* You can use the boost feature and AND keywords; for example health^10 AND gender
Use: Used with root words when search terms could have different endings
Results: Will include sustainable, sustainability, sustainably, or any other words that begin with sustain.
Common mistakes that result in an error on the search:
- Users leave out a quotation mark to close a phrase, e.g. "economic empowerment rather than "economic empowerment".
- Users search using Boolean search terms but not in capital letters, e.g. typing health and education rather than health AND education. Boolean search terms need to be in capital letters to be recognized (AND, OR, AND NOT).