Russian nesting dolls


Nesting uses quotes and parantheses to keep terms that are alike together and tells a search engine or database to search the terms in the parentheses first and the words in quotes as a phrase. Use parentheses to group concepts when you use two or more connectors. The search below incoporates connectors, truncation and nesting into one very specific search.

("alcohol abuse" OR "drug abuse") AND (adolescen* OR teen*) AND (college OR university)

This search would be useful to someone who was interested in the incidence of alcohol or drug abuse among teenagers in college. The search tricks help the database understand this by organizing the keywords that we have gotten from this topic sentence.