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Depending on the database you use, you may need to identify your
search terms as a phrase by putting quotations marks around them. Some
databases automatically interpret your search terms as a phrase. However, an increasing number of databases like the
EBSCO and FirstSearch databases and some search engines like Google assume an and
between each of your search terms. ProQuest looks at two words
together as a phrase, but add more than two words together and it will
interpret your search as individual keywords, not as a phrase. Not
unless, of course, you put quotes around your keywords. It can be hard
to remember which database does what, so, to be on the safe side it won't
hurt to always put quotes around any of your phrases. That way you
will guarantee that those words will appear next to each other in your
search results in the exact order you typed them in.
In some cases, whether or not you
identify phrases can make a significant difference in the relevance of your
search results. Imagine you are researching the film Sound of Music.
If you search the EBSCO Academic Search Premier database, you will get the following
results with and without quotes.
Sound of Music
"Sound of Music" 954 matches