Completing a concept map with a research topic will help more efficiently search library databases.
Note: There is a fillable version of this concept map available to download as well.
Search for an exact phrase by placing quotation marks around the search phrase.
Tip: phrase searching works when you are searching library databases, Google, and the Lavery Library Big Red Search Box.
For example, a search for "civil rights movement" will search for that exact phrase instead of treating it as a search for civil AND rights AND movement.
Shown below are two database searches. The one on the right uses phrase searching:
Phrase searching is a useful search strategy when you search for a person's name, or a title.