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
Search: "children" OR "kids" OR "juveniles"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: penicillin AND allergies
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
Search: penicillin AND allergies NOT pregnant
Results contain sources containing results relating penicillin allergies
WITHOUT those mentioning pregnant women.
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Truncation and Wild Cards
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*
5+ searches in 1!
Wildcards, typically the #, look for all possible variations of a letter in a single position within a word.
β-lactam, B-lactam, (b)-lactam