Proximity & Truncation Searching
Some databases allow you to find words near each other (proximity) and or search word roots (truncation):
Proximity searching offers two advantages:
1) You will see a smaller set of more relevant articles and
2) Your search words will be in the same sentence or paragraph instead of separated across the text of the article.
Truncation searching offers the advantage of searching for variations of the search words.
|Database||Examples of Proximity & Truncation|
10,000+ current full text journals
Olympics Brazil finds 6045 articles
Olympi# searches Olympics, Olympian, Olympiad, etc.
1000+ full text journals
(First volume to last 3 years)
Olympics Brazil finds 716 articles
1000s of newspapers from around the world
|intifada w/5 Gaza!
Gaza! searches Gaza, Gaza’s, Gazans
Full text of articles 1991-present
Colts N/10 Draft
farm* searches: farm, farms, farmer, farming