"Terms" refers to the words you use in your search, and "connectors" define the relationships between words or groups of words in a search statement. For example, typing /s between two search terms will search for those terms within the same sentence.
This section covers the different terms and connectors available in Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw. See Boolean Searching in BLaw, Lexis & Westlaw for specific information on how to search each individual database, as there are some differences. Other databases generally allow for some kinds of terms and connectors searching, so whenever you approach a new database, it is a good idea to explore the connectors that are made available to you.
Commonly used Boolean operators include:
Proximity connectors are used to specifically identify how closely words appear in a document. The most commonly used proximity connectors are: