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What to look for
Stop words are frequently occurring, insignificant words that appear in a database record, article or web page.
Common stop words include:
About stop words
Why should you care about stop words?
- Many databases ignore common words from your search statement. If included, the database returns far too many results.
- So you know which words to exclude from your search statement.
- To make sure they are included if they are a significant part of your search.
- Many databases recognize common stop words when they are part of the controlled vocabulary of subject headings and descriptors. Example: balance of payments
- Stop words vary by database. Check the Help screens for a list.
How can you avoid using stop words in your search?