Sometimes when searching a multi-word phrase, you may look at search results and wonder "Why did that come up?" When searching, some resources will look for the individual words anywhere in an item record rather than looking for a group of words together or in a specific order. That's where Phrase searching is useful
Place quotation marks around a phrase, such as “domestic abuse” or “civil rights” to reduce the number of search results.
The search results will contain only those items using the entire phrase rather than the individual words of the phrase.
For example, a search for civil rights in LCU DISCOVERY Library Catalog without quotation marks retrieved 1,352 items while a search for “civil rights” with quotation marks retrieved 1,077 items.
Phrases are particularly helpful when searching the Internet.
Boolean Operators tell the computer how to combine the search terms to locate the search results you want. The three Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT.
Select Advanced Search in most catalogs and databases to combine multiple search terms with the Boolean Operator of your choice.
Sometimes you are searching for a topic that might have several variations such as psychology and psychological or literacy and literate. Rather than doing separate searches for each of the variations which would take a long time, you can use Truncation!
Truncation searches for the root word rather than full words.
The video below gives more information on Phrase Searching, Truncation, and Boolean Operators.