Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching
Hit or Miss Search
Bad Search: educational leadership
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: "educational leadership"
Search: "Leadership" OR "Management" OR "Administration"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: Leadership AND Educators
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
Search: Leadership AND Educators NOT "Primary School"
Results contain sources containing the terms "Leadership and Educators" WITHOUT including articles containing mentions of "primary school."
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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
Sample Search Strategy
|Search #||Searched for||Results||+/- Hits|
|2||leadership AND educator||45,885||-4,353,380|
|4||leadership AND (educator* OR teacher* OR instructor*)||190,813||+146,433|
|6||(leader* OR manage*) AND (educator* OR teacher* OR instructor*)||957,915||+535,851|
|7||(leader* OR manage*) AND (educator* OR teacher* OR instructor*) +peer-reviewed||243,150||-714,765|
|8||(leader* OR manage*) AND (educator* OR teacher* OR instructor*) +peer-reviewed
+Published between 2005-2016
|9||(leader* OR manage*) AND (educator* OR teacher* OR instructor*) and (school*) +peer-reviewed +Published between 2005-2016||93,479||-69,120|