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WRT 101 - Desert Vista - Search Strategies and More: Search Strategy Using the Databases
Most databases let you limit search results. Some limiters include:
Publication type..such as Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly Journals.
Date of Publication
Phrases: " "
Enclose phrases in quotation marks when searching the Web or most databases.
From Ebsco Help: "When your search string includes phrases, the default search order is that phrases are searched in the order in which they are typed in and with the words right next to each other. It is recommended that phrases be enclosed in quotations marks when included in searches. Phrase searching in individual databases may vary."
Example: "sanctuary cities"
Example: "federal government"
Apply Related Words Selection:
Some databases provide a "Apply Related Words" selection box, similar to Truncation:
"Apply related words - Select this option to expand results to include true synonyms and plurals of your terms.
Example: A search for Neoplasm with the Apply Related Words expander applied would also search for Tumor, Tumour, Tumors, Tumor's, Tumours, and Tumour's. "