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How to Improve Search Results on Google

11.28.11

Pew Research recently reported that 92% of adults use search engines daily and comScore recently reported that 65.6% of all US searches are conducted on Google. So I thought I would pass along Hack College’s recommendations about how to “Get More Out of Google.” Here are some search pointers that may improve your use of Google:

Try these searches on Bing and Yahoo!, but you’ll see that they don’t work the same.

Please let me know if pointers help your use of Google.

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Search Tips:

You may use the wildcard symbol (*) as a root expander.  A search for "anti*" will find not only "anti", but also "anti-trust", "antique", etc.

Entering two terms together in a search field will behave as though an "OR" is being used.  For example, entering "Antique Motorcars" as a Client Name search will find results with either word in the Client Name.

Operators

AND and OR may be used in a search.  Note: they must be capitalized, e.g., "Project AND Finance." 

The + and - sign operators may be used.  The + sign indicates that the term immediately following is required, while the - sign indicates to omit results that contain that term. E.g., "+real -estate" says results must have "real" but not "estate".

To perform an exact phrase search, surround your search phrase with quotation marks.  For example, "Project Finance".

Searches are not case sensitive.

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