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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"

This time our paired keywords appear next to eacher other.

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Boolean Operators

Or

Search: "law enforcement" OR Police OR "criminal justice"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.


And, +

Search: "law enforcement" AND careers

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms


Not, -

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.

 

Let's try these out.

 

Truncation and Wild Cards

Truncation

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

Search:  enforc*
=

enforc(e)
enforc(ed)
enforc(er)
enforc(es)
enforc(ement)
enforc(ements)

At least 6 searches in 1!


 Wildcards

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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