Answered By: Laura Sider
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Q: Does word order matter in Google Scholar?
Answered by: Laura Sider

Word order DOES matter. Google Scholar is not like a library database. In traditional library databases, typing in stem women and women stem will return the same results lists if all of the other options are the same. Google Scholar assumes that you are searching for concepts using the word order you would like to see in the results. For the above example, if "women in STEM fields" is how you think about the concept, women stem is a better choice.

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