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OneSearch Quick Tips: Phrase Searching

Looking for a specific article or e-book from the library? Try using a phrase search to quickly narrow your search results. A phrase search uses quotation marks to look for two or more words in the exact order you enter them. To conduct a phrase search, just place quotation marks around your search terms.

For example, the search “Leadership for a better world” will find this exact phrase rather than articles or books that mention the words leadership and world anywhere in the text. From your results, just select the full-text link underneath the title to access the item.

OneSearch interface with example phrase search

Phrase searches are also useful when searching for quotes or common names.

Want to learn more? Check out the Library’s Search Tips Tutorial, or Contact a UI&U Librarian today.