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Creating a Search Strategy
The research process is much easier if you follow a few simple steps. Print out the example and blank form from the links below.
Need help finding synonyms? Check http://thesaurus.com.
Enhance your Search!
Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics. Try some of the following to refine your search:
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:
site:.edu (will only show educational institutions .edu sites)
site:.gov (will only show U.S. government .gov sites
site:.org (will only show nonprofit .org sites)