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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"

This time our paired keywords appear next to eacher other.

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Boolean Operators


Search: music OR composition OR works

Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.

And, +

Search: "Domenico Scarlatti" AND "sonata"

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms

Not, -

Search: sonatas  NOT Beethoven NOT Romantic

Results contain sources containing the term sonatas  WITHOUT including articles containing the words Beethoven or Romantic.


Let's try these out.


Truncation and Wild Cards


Truncation symbols, typically the * or ?, allow for you to search for variations of a root word.

Search:  influen*


5 searches in 1!



Wildcards, typically the #, look for all possible variations of a letter in a single position within a word.

Search: Wom#n
Woman, Women, Womyn, Wom!n, Wom@n



Sample Search Strategy

Search #Searched forResults
1 domenico scarlatti 2,960
2 "domenico scarlatti" 2,738
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

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