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BUS 340 (Lane) - Business Law

BUS 340 (Lane) - Business Law

Search Tips

Leave out Extras

It's better to leave out minor connecting words such as with, during, in, etc. Sometimes databases ignore these, but other times they don't, and your search results suffer as a result. Compare the following two searches:

Just by removing the word during, we got a lot more good results.

Truncation

In most databases, if you type the beginning of a word and then type an asterisk (*), the database will match any word that begins with those letters. For instance:

  • politic* matches politician, political, politics
  • therap* matches therapy, therapist, therapeutic

Important exception: Google

Google does not have this feature because it applies truncation (and many other "fuzzy" search techniques) automatically.