Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching
Hit or Miss Search
Bad Search: Baroque composers and musical influence
The result is relevant, but the search terms are nowhere near each other, which doesn't make this result as relevant as it could be.
Phrase Searching " "
Phrase Search: "Baroque composers" and "musical influence"
Search: music OR composition OR works
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: "Domenico Scarlatti" AND "sonata"
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
Search: sonatas NOT Beethoven NOT Romantic
Results contain sources containing the term sonatas WITHOUT including articles containing the words Beethoven or Romantic.
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Truncation and Wild Cards
Truncation symbols, typically the * or ?, allow for you to search for variations of a root word.
5 searches in 1!
Wildcards, typically the #, look for all possible variations of a letter in a single position within a word.
Woman, Women, Womyn, Wom!n, Wom@n
Sample Search Strategy
|Search #||Searched for||Results|
|3||"domenico scarlatti" and influence||263|
|4||"domenico scarlatti" and influen* or legacy||3,116,532|
|5||"domenico scarlatti" and (influen* or legacy)||459|
|6||"domenico scarlatti" and (influen* or legacy or work* or composition*)||1709|
|7||"domenico scarlatti" and (influen* or legacy or work* or composition* or styl*)||1899|
|8||("domenico scarlatti" AND (influen* OR legacy OR work* OR composition* OR styl*)) AND PEER(yes)||125|
|9||("domenico scarlatti" AND (influen* OR legacy OR work* OR composition* OR styl*)) AND Full Text AND Peer reviewed||59|