Answered By: Susan Steele
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016     Views: 136

Use proximity operators (WITH, NEARW/#, etc.) when the logical or Boolean operator "AND" still finds too much and you want to narrow results further by requiring terms to appear within the same sentence, the same paragraph, within a certain number of words of each other, etc. Check database online help to identify valid operators for specific resources.

  • waste w5 incinerat* finds waste within 5 words of incineration, incinerating, etc., in the order specified in EBSCO databases
  • waste n3 incinerat* finds the terms within 3 words of each other in either order in EBSCO databases
  • human w/s cloning finds the terms in the same sentence in LexisNexis Academic database
  • banking within 5 deregulation finds the terms within 5 words of each other in the Library Catalog
  • stress near health finds the terms within 10 words of each other in the Library Catalog
  • banking near/5 deregulation finds the terms within 5 words of each other in ProQuest databases

While OneSearch lacks traditional proximity operators, it lets you use quotation marks for an "exact phrase" search.