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BHS_English11: Searching the Internet

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Credibility Counts! Website Evaluation Tutorial

Searching the Internet for information can yield LOTS of results--you will need to carefully evaluate the websites that come up in your results list to be sure you are using the best, most credible sources for your assignment.  Click the link below to complete a short tutorial about checking websites for credibility.


Use quotesWhen searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search.

Use a hyphen to exclude words: Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is Mustang

EX:Mustang -cars

Use a colon to search specific sites:There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website.

EX:Sidney Crosby

Use the asterisk wildcardHere’s how it works. When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Let’s look at the syntax.

EX:“Come * right now * me”    This may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word. More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to The Beatles song “Come Together” and that’s what the search will tell you.

Search for multiple words at once:Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase. Thus, it lets you search for multiples. By using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow down your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is the syntax. EX: “Best ways to prepare for a job interview” OR “How to prepare for a job interview”

Keep it simple:Google search knows how to search for a lot of things. What this means is you don’t need to be too specific. If you need a pizza place nearby, use this to search. EX: Pizza places nearby

Gradually add search termsThere will come a time when Google search doesn’t shovel out the results you expect. the best method is to start with something simple then gradually get more complicated. See the example below.

  • First try: job interviews
  • Second try: prepare for job interviews
  • Third try: how to prepare for a job interview

This OR That:By default, when you conduct a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you're looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized). EX: inbound marketing OR advertising





GOOGLE TECHNIQUES taken from OIT Academic Computing, University of Massachusetts Amherst 071017