A phrase search looks for a string of words next to each other exactly as typed.

Most search tools allow phrase searching.

For example:

Image of a paragraph with the words "ethical" and "theories" in various places, but the only part highlighted in red is the phrase "ethical theories", where the words are next to each other in that order.

A phrase search of the above paragraph for "ethical theories" would find the instance highlighted in red font.

Usually double quotation marks " " are required around the phrase. However sometimes, the search tool will assume a phrase, in which case quotation marks are not required.

Note: Check the Help screens of the search tool to determine what syntax is required.