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Hit or Miss V. Phrase Searching

 Hit or Miss Search

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"

This time our paired keywords appear next to eacher other.

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Boolean Operators

Or

Search: "Letter Grades" OR "Grading Scale" OR "Refined Grading"
Results contain all of the sources that contain ANY of those search terms.


And, +

Search: "Letter Grading" AND "Students"

Results contain sources with BOTH of those terms


Not, -

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."

 

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.

Search:  grad*
=

grad(e)
grad(es)
grad(er)
grad(ers)
grad(ing)
grad(ed)
grad(uation)
grad(uated)
grad(ient)

At least 9 searches in 1!




 Wildcards

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

 

 

Sample Search Strategy

Search #Searched forResults
1 letter grades
7024
2 "letter grades" 3209
3
"letter grad*"
5472
4 "letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" 6562
5 "letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*" 6654
6 ("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and student 3037
7 ("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and student* 3065
8 ("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and (student* or pupil*) 3080
9
("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and (student* or pupil*) and (effect* or result* or implication* or impact* or consequen*)
1044
10
("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and (student* or pupil*) and (effect* or result* or implication* or impact* or consequen*) + 2005-2015
759
11
("letter grad*" or "traditional grad*" or "refined grad*") and (student* or pupil*) and (effect* or result* or implication* or impact* or consequen*) + 2005-2015 + Peer-Reviewed
248

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