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Natural Language Search

Using plain language to enter your search

This type of search is the easiest to understand, but many databases don't offer it as a function.

A natural language search is a search using regular spoken language, such as English. Using this type of search you can ask the database a question or you can type in a sentence that describes the information you are looking for. The database then uses a programmed logic to determine the keywords in the sentence by their position in the sentence.

The Internet search service offers natural language searching.

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