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Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching

Hit or Miss Search: intimate partner violence

non-phrase search result for intimate partner violence

 Phrase Search: "intimate partner violence"


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Boolean Operators

Search: battery OR "spousal abuse" OR "domestic violence"

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

And, +

Search: "domestic violence" AND "pregnant women"

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms

Not, -

Search: "domestic violence" AND "pregnant women" NOT latina

Results contain the concept you want without including the ones you exclude.


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:  preg*


At least 3 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


Sample Search Strategy

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