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phrase searching...and when not to use it

standard piece of search advice:

use double quotes to enclose phrases "like this"


• only use this when you're actually searching for a specific phrase. sometimes the best results don't use the phrase you expect them to.

• enclosing a person's name in double quotes can exclude results that include the person's middle name or initial.

• if the database you're searching doesn't search the full-text of articles, phrase searching may be overly exclusive.

onto the evidence >>>

America, History and Life

search:  "abolitionist movement"  (w/ quotes)

America, History and Life

search: abolitionist movement   (no double quotes)