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You can search using any of the search boxes on KCResearch, it will perform a general search of all of our articles and studies. This means that the terms you enter to be searched will be matched on all resource records containing the words you enter. The search engine will look under all search fields--title, author, topic, neighborhood, city/town, county, and state—for the words you enter.

To search the database, enter words or phrases on the topic you are researching and then click on the blue “Search” button once. You will get a list of all of the resources KCResearch has that includes some of your search words.

If your search returns no results, go back and double check your spelling or look for typos or other errors that may have occurred when typing in terms. You can also think of synonyms for your search terms and try using those words or try the Browse by Topic feature.

Tips for expert searchers and librarians:

Stop Words
The KCResearch search engine ignores certain words that, while often occurring in the English language, do not add value to a search when entered in lowercase.

"a", "and" , "are" , "as" , "at" , "be" , "but" , "by" , "for" , "if" , "in" , "into",
"is" ,"it" ,"no" , "not" , "of" , "on" , "or" , "such", "the" , "to" , "was"

Note that some of these words, when entered in all uppercase capital letters, are very valuable search words and apply when using Boolean Searching, which is explained on the next page.

Phrase Searching
To search using multiple words as a phrase, put quotation marks (") around the phrase. The quotation marks will limit the engine to search for the exact phrase contained in the quotation marks in the specified word order.

Exact Word Match
In order to search for the exact word (not truncated or stemmed) in a search, place a plus sign (+) before the word requiring an exact match. Exact word searches may also be paired with other words that may show up in search results, but would not be matched exactly since it does not have a plus sign before the word.

Eliminate Items with Unwanted Words
To eliminate certain words from a search result, place a minus (-) before the word you want to be eliminated from the search. Alternatively, you may also use the word, NOT. In this instance, the word NOT must be entirely capitalized. This can limit your search to eliminate unwanted hits. For instance, in the search training -cat or you will get items containing the word "training", except those that also contain the word "cat".

KCResearch ® is the authoritative and unbiased source for all types of research about the Kansas City area as well as studies and reports done by Kansas City researchers. KCResearch also provides tools to inform users on current topics in research and facilitate conversation and collaboration between community members, whether they're professional researchers, entrepreneurs, students, or members of the general population.