Answered By: Maria Bartolotti
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2023     Views: 63

Phrase Searching helps to reduce irrelevant and unwanted results by enclosing a search term of two or more words in quotation marks.  The search results will only include the exact phrase in quotation marks in that exact order.  For example, if you do a search for the keywords "genetic engineering" in quotation marks the search results will only include that exact phrase. 

For a more in depth explanation of how this works go to Info 4: Finding Articles Phrase Searching.

If you need help with keyword or phrase searching or any aspect of doing research, be sure to chat with a reference librarian about your research assignment; we can save you time and make sure you know about important resources in your research subject area. Contact a librarian to assist you in person, online, or by phone and text.


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