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How to Search the Internet

There are lots of clever ways of finding information online without getting frustrated over search engines. Here are some tips on how to go about it.

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How to Find Information Online

Many people have been frustrated by searching up a simple query online and not getting the wanted results. The World Wide Web is a big place! It will definitely have a lot of the information you're looking for. Unfortunately, that's just the problem: there are too many search results.

However there are lots of clever ways of finding information online without getting frustrated over
search engines.



  1. Try simple search queries. For example, if you're looking for an old actor who's not popular today, type in his or her name in a search engine such as Google. If your results are useless, move on to another search engines.
  2. Learn some searching shortcuts. This way, you don't have to use advanced search all the time. For example, on Google, if you're looking for a specific phrase, type the phrase inside the quotes ("the phrase") and search it. Most of search engines have this option.
  3. Be sure to bookmark useful results. For example, if you're looking for something and you find another thing that is totally different, but you happen to find it interesting, bookmark the site. Maybe it has lots of other good content and when you are looking for something related to that topic, you have it safely stowed away in your bookmarks.
  4. Try alternate words. Use synonyms and put a query in a different form. You might find
    something exciting.
  5. Search in different languages. Google translator is a good tool to translate some
    web-pages and text. This lets you search the internet in different languages and then have
    the results translated into English.
  6. Do not give up too quickly. Sometimes content is out there and is just waiting for the right word to be typed in.
  7. Site search is a good way to find content in specific site. (Click 'edit' and 'search' or press 'ctrl + f'.)

Do not rely on translation sites for perfect translations - they are approximate and
frequently make very odd errors that do not accurately reflect the language.

Refine Your Search

Still searching the internet? Follow these suggestions to refine your search and you will
obtain specific information on your desired subject.



  1. Choose a few of the most specific or relevant keywords or phrases to describe your topic. Utilize synonyms.
  2. Place a plus sign (+) prior to each word to view each word separately within your search results, such as +writer+grammar+punctuation.
  3. Place a minus sign (-) prior to each word to omit a word, such as recipe -meat for avegetarian meal.
  4. Utilize quotation marks ("), to view consecutive words of a phrase, such as "flower arrangement."
  5. Utilize hyphens to replace quotation marks, such as: To-be-or-not-to-be.
  6. Utilize plus signs with the quotation of a phrase, such as: +baking+"chocolate cake.
  7. Connect words and phrases with hyphens and quotation marks to pinpoint the search, such as baking German-chocolate-cake.
  8. Utilize and and a phrase. “James Taylor" and singer will result with a list of singers with the name of James Taylor.
  9. Connect to search similar items, such as "blue-bird or black-bird or blackbird."
  10. At the top of any page, type the phrase “search engines” into your Search Bar to attain access to several different internet sites that specifically aid in searching.
  11. Most sites have an 'Advanced Search' feature and 'Site Map'. Study it!
  12. Search engines usually disregard minor words such as "the, and, to, etc."
  13. Generally, capitalization and punctuation are not needed.

(Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Category:Search-Engines)



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