Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching
Hit or Miss Search
Bad Search: law enforcement
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: "law enforcement"
Search: "law enforcement" OR Police OR "criminal justice"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: "law enforcement" AND careers
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
Search: "law enforcement" AND careers NOT "prison guard"
Results contain sources containing the concept of criminal justice careers WITHOUT including articles containing mentions of guarding prisons.
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Truncation and Wild Cards
Truncation symbols, typically the * or ?, allow for you to search for variations of a root word.
At least 6 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