Liberation: Using the Web (Intermediate)

Phrase Searching

If a basic search using only one search term has returned too many documents, there are ways of narrowing or focusing your search.

The simplest way to narrow your search is to look for a phrase instead of an individual word. A phrase is useful for providing your search with a context.

For example, "heart disease" is more focused than disease on its own.

Like many search engines, Bing expects you to indentify a phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks. Otherwise it will simply look for the individual words anywhere in a document.

For example, if you enter the search heart disease, the search engine may find the sentence "Fear of redundancy spread like a disease through the heart of the organisation." and retrieve it as a hit. Searching for "heart disease" with speech marks will only find sources containing the words together and in order.


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