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?
Many databases ignore common words from your search statement.
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 use stop words in your search?
In some databases, you can use techniques to include stop words as part of the search.
Some databases use quotes around stop words. Example: Title keyword= out "of" africa retrieves title: Out of Africa