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General Library Research Tutorial

Fundamental concepts and vocabulary used in library and information research.

I. Phrase Searching

Phrase Searching

Some databases automatically search for phrases or adjacent words. Some databases do not have this capability. Check the database Help screens for details. For example:

Keyword search: hearing aids

A database with phrase searching would yield: 

      Hearing aids for the elderly

A database without phrase searching could yield:

      AIDS and teenagers
 
      hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families...
 

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