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Criminal Law Week uses the standard Boolean operators AND, OR, NEAR and NOT. These operators make it possible to search not only for items which contain a specific keyword or exact phrase, but also:

Exact phrases
A phrase consisting of a number of words in a specified order must be surrounded by double quotes, e.g. "bad character".

Small words
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AND
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    provocateur”)


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