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Learn to search with Boolean
Building on Boolean basics to become a search expert
Building on Boolean basics to become a search expert
Start with the basics and add new skills once you have grasped the fundamentals
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Written by Vanessa Neurohr
Updated over a week ago

Now that you've learned the foundational elements of Boolean searching, it's time to become a Boolean search expert.

While the article below covers the essential advanced boolean operators Muck Rack supports, we recommend taking our interactive Boolean Advanced course on the Muck Rack Academy to earn your Boolean Expert certificate:

Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists' names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:

  • Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)

  • Phrases (e.g. "remote work") β€” use quotes to keep the terms together

  • Twitter handles (e.g. @username) β€” returns those who have mentioned or replied to the user

  • Names (e.g. "David Pogue")

  • Hashtags or emojis (e.g. #sxsw, πŸ’―)

  • Bio details (e.g. vegan, coffee, father)

Advanced Boolean operators


If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for.

matchcase:"Best Buy"

Using matchcase in front of the company name helps to remove results like this:


An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk.


This will return results for sustainable, sustainability, etc.


A NEAR operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the NEAR operation uses by adding a forward slash and number between 0-99.

matchcase:Zoom NEAR/10 video

This will return results for the software company, Zoom,

where it appears within 10 keywords of the word video.

If you have any questions about how to apply the Boolean operators to your searches to boost the relevancy of the results you're seeing, don't hesitate to message us via the chat icon in the bottom-right.

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