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Search Tips

  1. Define your topic and list possible search terms.
  2. Decide which type of search tool to use.
  3. Choose a search engine. If the search engine is new to you, find out how it works or read the Help section.
  4. Choose keywords carefully. Be specific.Spelling counts!
  5. Look at the hit list carefully. If you don't get useful sites, redefine your keywords.
  6. Try an advanced search. Switch search engines, if you don't find what you need.
  7. Be sure to document your sources.

Types of Search Tools

  • Directories categorize the information on the Internet. Use a directory if you want general information on a subject.
  • Search engines search large databases using keywords that you enter.
  • Metasearch engines search other search engines.

Advanced Searching

Some search engines use the following operators to make the search more specific.
  • Use quote marks around keywords that belong together. Ex: "peanut butter"
  • Use a + sign to require that the keyword(s) be in the hits. Ex: +greyhound +adoption
  • Use a - sign to leave out a term. Ex: +tigers -baseball
Many search engines use Boolean Logic to narrow or expand a search
  • Use AND to narrow a search. Ex: dogs AND cats. Websites with information about dogs and cats.
  • Use OR to expand a search. Ex: dogs OR cats. Websites with information about dogs or cats
  • Use NOT to narrow a search. Ex: cats NOT dogs. Websites with information about cats not dogs