Effective Search Tips
Some tips from the video include:
- Be descriptive. Imagine the website that has your answers. What words are on it?
- For words that appear together, use quotes around the phrase. (example: "sand shark")
- For words with multiple meanings, use a minus sign/hyphen and the meaning you are not looking for. This symbol can also be used when you want to exclude a word from your search results. (examples: mullet -hair, bass -fishing)
Some other search shortcuts that will provide more effective searches are:
- Use ~ to find a word and all it's synonyms. (example: ~mobile phone)
- Use OR (capitalized) when searching for multiple words. (example: vacation London OR Paris) This will find web pages that include either word.
- Use ... to search for a certain time period. (example: Willie Mays 1950...1960 will get you results about Willie from this time period)
- Use site: to search for more reliable web pages, such as those sponsored by a educational institution (.edu) or the government (.gov), (example: global warming site:edu)