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find() is used to filter and project
By default find() returns a cursor containing all the documents in the collection it is used on. This is the same as find({})

To get all the documents with a certain value, find(<field>:{"$eq":<value>}}) can be used, this can be simplified to find(<field>:<value>})
$eq can be replaced with other conditional operators such as $lt, $gt to perform less than or greater than comparisons.

To query nested documents, dot notation can be used, e.g. parent.child.field

The second parameter selects what fields to include. If the second parameter is not present the default action is to include all the fields in the result documents.
To hide a field, <field>:0 is used. The other fields won't be removed.
Using <field>:1 will include that field and hide all the others except the _id and other fields set to 1.
Passing an empty ({}) second parameter hides all fields except the _id field, to hide _id it has to be explicitly set to 0.

find_one() limits the result to one document.

Show the name and capital for every country of "South America"

db.world.find({continent:"South America"},{"_id":0,name:1,capital:1})