In another post I was edited/corrected on the use of "to run a search" instead of "to search", but both terms do not necessarily imply the exact same thing.
To run a search, to my knowledge, has to do more with the act of starting a search, most usually on an automatic search engine. You run a search, and wait some time until it finishes. It has the implicit meaning that you are not the one doing the search, but in this case, the computer.
On the other hand, to search, would most likely make you think that you are the one performing the search, manually looking through a book, document, or set of any of them.
So, how is this sentence subject for an edit, from this:
Many times I've run searches across several books for the usage of some words and many times I've found my results quite contradictory.
Many times I searched across several books for the usage of some words and many times I've found my results quite contradictory.
Don't you agree that besides being unnecessary, it even loses much of the original meaning? Basically because the running of a search, as I said, automatically implied that the books searched for were online or digital books, and when turned into a simple "searched" that extra piece of information is gone, and those once digital books now may appear to be regular paper books.