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Precision Searching on the Web

When you plan a Web search, you follow the same steps that you take when planning a database search. Identify the concepts in your research question and then generate search terms (synonyms, abbreviations, and variant spellings) for the concepts. Click here to review this process.

Click on the buttons below for specific strategies to create more precise searches and in this way improve search results. Note that not all search engines support these functions. It's a good idea to become thoroughly familiar with the searching capabilities of a good search engine in order to make the most of it.

Boolean Operators AND/OR
Boolean Operator NOT and Truncation
Phrase Searching and Capitalization
Field Searching
Domain Restriction
Advanced Searching Options
Refining Search Results

 








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