Wednesday, April 06, 2005

STOP words

Stop words are common words that databases or search engines simply ignore while running a search. These words have little intrinsic meaning and usually modify other words - such as adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. Some examples of stop words are: almost, with, approximately, it, be, then, these.

Some databases provide ways to force the system to search for the word or the word in a particular phrase. Check the HELP to identify the appropriate syntax in your favorite database or search engine.

PubMed Stop Words
Ovid MEDLINE Stop Words
Google Stop Words
Web of Science Stop Words


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