Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching
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Bad Search: letter grade implications
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: "letter grade" "implications"
Search: "Letter Grades" OR "Grading Scale" OR "Refined Grading"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.
Search: "Letter Grading" AND "Students"
Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms
Search: "Letter Grade" AND Students NOT "High School"
Results contain sources containing the terms "Letter Grades and Students" WITHOUT including articles containing mentions of "high 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 9 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