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Website Evaluation: Search Strategies

Helps when searching for information online

Enhance your Search!

Use Boolean operators (ANDORNOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics. Try some of the following to refine your search:

  • argument
  • attitudes
  • benefits
  • confronting
  • crisis
  • criticism
  • data
  • debate
  • ethics
  • issues
  • outcomes
  • outlook
  • policy
  • prevention
  • projects
  • reform
  • rights
  • research
  • statistics
  • theories
  • trend
  • viewpoint

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases for better searching.

Google Search Tips

Google Search Operators
      (adding symbols and words to your search)

Search Using Quotation Marks
      To search for a phrase, to find words side-by-side in a particular order

      Examples:        "United States"       "Civil War"

Search by Suffiix 
      To search for sites bearing a particular suffix, like .edu, gov., etc.

      After typing your search terms, type the following:
      (will only show .edu sites)
      (will only show .gov sites)

About Search Strategies

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