Search Engine Tips

There may be times when you find that you must use a search engine such as Google or Bing to locate online information. The following are some techniques that can improve your search results.

Standard Searching

Don't worry about upper and lower case: Most search engines are not case sensitive.

Use keywords: i.e. martin luther reformation instead of What was Martin Luther's role in the Reformation?

Use quotation marks: The software will look for the exact phrase, not just any combination of those words. i.e. "martin luther"

Use the * (asterisk) character: The asterisk acts as a placeholder to stand in for a word or words in a phrase; i.e. "a * by any other name" retrieves "a rose by any other name" in addition to "a geek by any other name."

Use Boolean operators: When using more than one keyword in your search, Boolean commands help narrow your search by expanding or excluding words from the query. Be sure to CAPITALIZE Boolean operators.

 

When using Boolean logic, which is true of the following search?

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When using Boolean logic, which is true of the following search?

 

Gettysburg AND Lincoln