Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2016     Views: 253

Using quotation marks for phrase searching will help to ensure that the results you get back in a search engine are accurate.

When you search for a phrase like corporate social responsibility the search engine will bring back any results that have those words in them. However, if you put quotation marks around the phrase, "corporate social responsibility", the search engine will only bring back results that have all those words in them exactly in the order you have them printed. This can also be useful when you're searching for the title of a book or other resource.

Most Useful For:
  • Finding highly relevant information on a topic--allows users to narrow down results based on exact phrasing of keywords or topic
  • Searching for the title of a book or other resource, a person or place name, etc.
  • May miss relevant resources if the phrase searched for is not used in the article exactly as printed
  • Some databases automatically apply phrase searching--view online search tips for individual databases before using phrase searching.

The library has several books and eBooks in our collection which can help answer your questions about phrase searching. Check out the books and web resources below for additional information.

Helpful Books from the Library:

 The Oxford Guide to Library Research Book Cover

The Oxford Guide to Library Research by Thomas Mann
Call Number: REF Z710 .M23 2005
ISBN: 9780195189971
Publication Date: 2005-11-01

 The Creative Guide to Research Book Cover

The Creative Guide to Research by Robin Rowland
Call Number: [electronic resource]
ISBN: 9781564144423
Publication Date: 2000-07-01

To find more books and eBooks on phrase searching, please search the Multi-Search or the Online Library Catalog.

These web resources may be helpful if you need help with phrase searching. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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