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How To Search : Tools of Power Searching

These are the building blocks to constructing precision searches in Academic Indexes

Stop Words

What are they?

Stop Words are small words e.g. articles, prepositions, pronouns)  which the database ignores in a search request generally, or in a particular field. in the database record.   When searching for adjacent word - a word within so many words of another word - the database will skip the stop words in the count.

Every search platform has its list and rules about Stop Words, e.g. in Thompson Reuter's Web of Science a a stop word IS recognized as a word in the Publication Name field.