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Dear Ted:

In one of my previous message, the one regarding the IRA terrorist, I wrote the following:

As a librarian, I think, you have access to a huger database. Would you please search/research the article for me?

My question is this:

Should I use "search" or "research" in the above question?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo.

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Dear Paolo:

In one of my previous message, the one regarding the IRA terrorist, I wrote the
following:

As a librarian, I think, you have access to a huger database. Would you please
search/research the article for me?

My question is this:

Should I use "search" or "research" in the above question?

*** Use "research" -- you are asking me to FIND the article.  If you use "search," it means I already have the article, and you are asking me to read or scan it for a particular item.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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