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Phrase Searching

Phrase Searching requires that your search turn up documents with your terms in exactly the order in which you entered them. When you do a phrase search, you enclose your search terms (two or more words) in quotes.

This is useful if your search term is a distinctive string of words, such as

"weapons of mass destruction" or "blood, sweat, and tears"

or if your search term is the name of an organization, such as

"World Trade Organization" or "American Cancer Society"

or if your search term is a proper name, such as

"Francis R. Rowley"

A search with this name in quotes will exclude pages with Francis R. Smith or Jean R. Rowley.


Use lower-case letters to retrieve documents with your search terms in lower or upper case. Searches with terms in upper case will retrieve only pages with matching upper case words. So use upper case only if you are searching for proper names or terms that should be in the upper case.

For example, DNA, NASA, IBM, SUV

Note: Google is not case sensitive: all letters will be understood as lower case.

Field Searching . Domain Restriction . Advanced Searching . Refining a Search . Boolean AND and OR. Boolean Searching NOT/Truncation . Phrase Searching/Capitalization.

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