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Stony Brook University

WRT 101

What Do I Do When...?


 

Search Tricks

AND between words searches for BOTH words on document. 

EX: immigration and employment 

Returns results with both words. Fewer, but better, results.

QUOTATION MARKS around a phrase searches for that exact phrase

EX: “genetic engineering” "climate change"  "no child left behind"

Returns results with that exact phrase.  

ASTERISK (*) search looks for all the various words using the same root.

EX: comput* results in articles that have the words compute, computer, computing, etc. 

       educat* will search for educate, education, educator, educators, etc.

OR between words searches for at least one of the words. 

EX: fat OR obesity

Returns results with either word. Produces more results.   

(Parentheses) group multiple search terms together.

EX: debt and (teenagers or adolescents) 

Returns results for debt and teenagers and for debt and adolescents.