Q. What is phrase searching?

Answer

In general, searching in a database is best accomplished by using keywords, subject headings, or groups of terms. However, sometimes it is necessary to use phrases. In order to tell a database to search for a specific phrase: type quotation marks ("") around the phrase that you need to find.  This will tell the database (or search engine -- this works in Google, too!) that you want it to find the words you typed exactly as you've typed them. Using quotations will provide you with a more narrowed search.

For example, compare these Discover searches:
Without quotation marks:  severe physical disabilities = 225,614 results
With quotation marks:  "severe physical disabilities" =  2,311 results

  • Last Updated Nov 14, 2016
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  • Answered By Eleanor Goldberg

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