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Transcript of Strategic Searching
online search is one the yields the precise results you are
search does so without a lot of wasted time or energy.
I know... You are sitting there thinking, "hmmm, I just google it! What's the big deal? You type a word in and hit go!"
And that's where we begin.
Search Strategy 2
If at first you don't succeed, try Synonyms.
A synonym is is a word with the same or similar meaning of another word.
If you've tried searching for
but haven't found what you are looking for, try searching for
exotic cats, rare felines, or exotic felines
Search Strategy 3
Place quotation marks around specific words or specific phrases you are looking for.
If you want information on the president's residence, search on
rather than just
that would pull up every white colored house out there.
This is a good one to use when looking up a song without knowing the name of the song.
Using a Search Strategy can help you search effectively and efficiently.
- successful in producing a desired or intended result.
- achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense
- a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal.
Search Strategy 1
Use multiple, specific, descriptive key words for narrower results.
: Searching for
will lead to a variety of musical events, ticket purchasing, opportunities, and tour dates. Searching for
underground hip-hop shows DFW area
will lead to narrower, location-based results.
But what does that have to do with
How many times have you had to search through all the search results to find what you were looking for?
How much time and energy have you wasted looking through your search results to find what you were looking for?
is there for searching the
What do you want to know?
Key Terms from your Question
Synonyms, Quotes, Minus Sign, Or etc.
Now do your search
Make a note of searches so you don't repeat them.
Add a minus sign before a word to show that you don't want that one included.
If you are searching for
but you want the fish and not the hairstyle, you would enter:
Search Strategy 5
Look for two words at once by placing OR between them.
If you want information on Cornell but you're not sure whether it's a college or a university, search on
Cornell College OR university
NOTE: the OR has to be capitalized.
If you have an actual plan for your search before you begin it should lead to a more effective and efficient search.