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Refining Search Results

Specificity

If you retrieve an enormous number of documents and they are not relevant to your search, try the following strategies to make your search more specific.

The more keywords you enter the more precise your search results, so add words to your search string.

Substitute specific words for more general ones.

diner1
instead of
restaurant
waltzing
instead of
dancing
"Honda Civic Accord"
instead of
Honda

Use distinctive or technical words or terms in your search string if at all possible.

Searching Within Results

Some search engines allow users to search within a list of results. Look for a "search within results" button and enter more terms. Alta Vista offers a set of related terms above the results list. Users can search for one of the related terms suggested within the pages they have already retrieved and in this way hone in on precisely the information desired.

Boolean Searching AND/OR. Boolean NOT/Truncation . Phrase Searching/Capitalization . Field Searching. Domain Restriction. Advanced Searching . Refining a Search








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