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Searching Tips

  • Use key words - not full sentences.
  • Avoid using "small" words like "the" or "of" that do not add to your search.
  • Use "OR" to search for one or more of these words (i.e. "native americans" OR indians)
  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
  • Use a minus symbol (-) to remove any unwanted results.
  • Use Google's Search tools to further limit your results when appropriate.
  • Search within a page by using the Find feature of the browser (Command + F).

Web Search Strategies in Plain English