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"
Search: "clinical practice guideline" OR "medical guideline" OR "clinical policy"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: "clinical practice guideline" AND "pressure ulcer"
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
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.
At least 7 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