Stop words are frequently occurring, insignificant words that appear in a database record, article or web page.
Common stop words include:
Why should you care about stop words?
How can you avoid using stop words in your search?
Choose the most significant words that describe your topic and connect them together using Boolean operators or proximity operators.
Search for your terms in specific fields, such as author, title or subject/descriptor.
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