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Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching

 Hit or Miss Search

Hit or Miss Search: penicillin allergy children

Thanks to Google's engineering our hit or miss search is relevant, but see how our key words are ungrouped?


 Phrase Searching " "

 

Phrase Search: "penicillin allergy" children

This time our words are grouped as we'd like to see them!

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Boolean Operators

Search: "children" OR "kids" OR "juveniles"

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


And, +

Search: penicillin AND allergies
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms


Not, -

Search: penicillin AND allergies NOT pregnant

Results contain sources containing results relating penicillin allergies
WITHOUT those mentioning pregnant women.

 

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.
Some databaes allow for left truncation (*root) most allow right truncation (root*) and a few allow for
both truncations at once (*root*).

Right Truncation Search:  allerg*
=

allerg(ic)
allerg(en)
allerg(ens)
allerg(ies)
allerg(ist)

5+ searches in 1!


 

Wildcards

Wildcards, typically the #, look for all possible variations of a letter in a single position within a word.


Search: #-lactam
=
β-lactam, B-lactam, (b)-lactam

 

 

Sample Search Strategy


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