When you search the web, a one or two word search often will find hundreds of thousands of websites. To narrow your search and find more relevant web sites, think about your topic and how people might be writing about it. Then use at least three or four keywords or concepts in your search.
If you can describe your topic with words that could also be used as a phrase, narrow your search by enclosing your phrase in quotations:
Most search engines have advanced or expert features that allow you to limit your search. Search limits can vary depending on the features of the search engine you are using. A few common ways of limiting include:
Many search engines allow you to use the plus sign (+) to require that a word be found on your search results. You can also use a minus sign (-) to exclude words from your search.
Although Google is the most popular search engine, it is always a good idea to re-execute your search in a couple of other search engines. No single search engine is able to index all the billions of pages on the web. A more specialized search engine might also help you find information that another search engine has missed. For suggestions on search engines to use in academic research, see our recommended search engines.
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