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Using the Internet: Search Strategies

It doesn’t matter which search engine you use. What’s important to know is that a search engine just retrieves information from the web for you, and the information that you get is only as good as your search terms and strategies. That’s why it’s important to know how to search for information. 


Search skill #1: Choose good keywords

  • Enter specific words that describe exactly what you are looking for.

  • If you have too many results you can narrow a search by changing or adding keywords.

Google search shortcut strategiesSearch skill #2: Use shortcuts

  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. 

  • Use a minus sign to exclude terms from a search.

Search skill #3: Read the results before you click

  • Carefully read the website descriptions in a list of search results before you click on them. 

  • Look at the website address before you click. Websites that end in .edu (university websites) or .gov (government websites) are generally more trusted sources than websites that end in .com or other domains. See the Webpages lesson.

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