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Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching

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Phrase Search: "bystander effect" "online communication"

This time our paired keywords appear next to eacher other.


Boolean Operators


Search: "Bystander Effect" OR "Bystander Apathy"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.

And, +

Search: "Bystander Effect" AND "Online Communication"

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms

Not, -

Search: "Bystander Effect" AND "Online Communication" NOT "Social Media"
Results contain sources containing the term Bystander effect concerning online communication  WITHOUT including articles containing mentions of social media.


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Truncation and Wild Cards


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

Search:  commun*



At least 7 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


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