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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Searching High and Low!

Have trouble finding things online through the search engine?  Wish your searching could be improved?  Here are a few tips to help you browse better!

  1. When searching, every word matters. Generally, all the words you put in the query will be used.
  2. Generally speaking, punctuation is ignored,  including all those symbols. !@#$%^&*()
  3. Think about how the page would be written. Use words that would be found on that page. For example: use [headache] instead of [my head hurts] since medical websites would use the word headache more frequently on the page.
  4. Describe what you need in just a couple of words. If you want the weather in Atlanta, search [weather Atlanta].
  5. When looking for an exact phrase, put quotes around it. ["child care"]
  6. You can search for items on a specific website or some types of websites, for example, finding an education page on any government website [education site:.gov] or searching one website  [presidential debate site:nytimes.com].
Using some of these tips will improve your search results dramatically, making your time more efficient.  Happy surfing!

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