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Keyword Search of American Political Party Platforms Since 1840

 Google searches for exact words. Searching for a single term like environment will miss environmental.

To find all references to "environment" in different forms, search for environment OR environments OR environmental. The search term OR must be in capital letters. Words searched for need not be in caps.

Searching for multiple terms, such as Russia Soviet USSR will find documents that have all three words, not any of the three words. Use an OR search for that.

Enclosing a phrase--such as "foreign policy"--within quotation marks searches for that word string.

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  • The search will count the number of presidential party platforms that contained the specified key words, highlight the first passage in which the terms occurred, and allow you to link directly to that platform.
  • The count refers to number of platforms, not number of mentions or "hits" of the search terms.
  • Additional mentions of your search terms may be elsewhere in the retrieved party platform.
  • You will have to open the individual platforms to find additional mentions, using your browser's search capability.
  • Most browsers employ truncated searching: searching for environment will also find environments and environmental.
  • In comparing the occurrence of key words in party platforms, take into account the platforms' lengths. Typically, researchers compute how frequently key words appear per 1,000 or 10,000 of total words.
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