How can I search for a specific phrase?

Search for two or more words as a unit by putting them in quotation marks:

  • "body image"
  • "social media marketing"

This is also useful when searching for titles or phrases (such as lyrics):

  • "The Great Escape"
  • "I wanna hold em like they do in Texas please"

Caution iconThis can sometimes eliminate relevant results, especially if you aren't using the correct words or order of the words.  For example, "Facebox flounder Marx Zuckerborg" will not get you results for "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg."

Caution iconSome indexes and databases will automatically treat as phrases any search terms that are not connected by AND or OR.  The Ovid search interface works like this. For example, a search for women politics might only find records where the terms women and politics are right next to each other.

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