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Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching

 Hit or Miss Search

Bad Search: clinical practice guidelines

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: "clinical practice guidelines"

This time our paired keywords appear next to eacher other.

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Boolean Operators


Search: "clinical practice guideline" OR "medical guideline" OR "clinical policy"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.

And, +

Search: "clinical practice guideline" AND "pressure ulcer"

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms

Not, -

Search: "clinical guideline" AND "pressure ulcer" NOT "stage 4"
Results contain sources containing the term clinical guidelines for pressure ulcers  WITHOUT including articles containing mentions of "stage 4" protocols


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

Search:  chem*


At least 7 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, Wom!n, Wom@n


Let's try these out.


Sample Search Strategy

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