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Dear Ted:

If both are correct, is there any difference between the following two sentences?

1) Would you please search the article for me?

2) Would you please research the article for me?

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

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

If both are correct, is there any difference between the following two
sentences?

1) Would you please search the article for me?

2) Would you please research the article for me?

*** There is a slight difference between the two.

"Search the article" suggests that I already have a copy of the article, and you are asking me to look for a specific item within the article.

EXAMPLE: Would you please SEARCH THE ARTICLE [read through it] and tell me if there is any mention of a study conducted by Harvard University?

"Research the article" means that you have an idea about an article that you do NOT and than you are asking me to find for you.

EXAMPLE:  Would you please RESEARCH THE ARTICLE in your database and tell me if you can find that particular article?

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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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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