What are the most important words? Use Key Concepts!
2. Word Order Matters: Think word choice, order, punctuation
Google does NOT recognize capitalization or puncuation and some special charactors. Google DOES recognize other charactors such as #, $, %, @csmit Remember: Spell correction is your friend!
3. Think Deeper About Your Research Results:
No happy with your results: Modify your search if necessary. Define words you don't know. RETHINK about your Key Words Don't know what something is? Open multiple tabs to do a quick scan of a topic or idea. Scroll through all the results including the bottom. Will give you more links and research ideas.
4. Researching by Different Types of Content:
Image/Video Searches web pages Use "Google Books" Google Scholar (Scholarly articles/legal opinions) Patents News
Advanced Search Techniques
5. "Operators" filter, restrict, or reduce results
Allows you to search one site NO spaces (adding a space breaks the operator) example: "site:operator" Search and Siezure:Stanford.edu
6. File Types: Use of file type as an operator:
File type is another filtering tool. Narrows searches to find specific documents Sample Files: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, KML,DAT To complete your search, using files, do this: quary term filetype:DOC Search and Seizure filetype:DOC Lewis and Clark Expedition filetype:KML (mapping files)
7. Remove Invasive Results using the MINUS sign:
Use the MINUS sign to eliminate irrelevant sites Qucken your search NO spaces after the minus sign! Example: Salsa -dancing removes dancing references
8. Operators OR and Quotes:
Use Quotes to search for a phrase Double quotes to search for exact phrase Used to help search for specific words/terms Example: "Christine Smith" Use OR when you want to ADD to your search it IS case sesnitive Example: "Searches and Seizures" OR "Bill of Rights"
9. INTEXT Operator: Ensures word you want is actually ON the page
Ensures that some of the text you need is on the page in your search results. Example: "search and siezure" intext:Bill of Rights Word may not be immediatly apparent, but it IS there.
10. Control F: Finding text in a document
Ctrl F allows you to find text within a page. It speeds up your search Is more accurate and more efficent. Can find out if the word actually exists in a document/webpage Hit Ctrl F at the same time. Look for the box in the upper right hand corner. Plug in the word and watch the magic.