Get Better Search Results

The internet is a huge resource, so it makes sense to know the words and format that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. These tips work for any search engine you might use, such as Yahoo or Google:

  1. Avoid using common words such as "it" and "how" in your search. These words appear in so many places that they normally don't improve your search results.
  2. Narrow your search by typing a plus sign (+) in between words. For example, if you're searching for 1965 Ford Mustang Convertibles, type:
    1965 Ford Mustang + Convertible
  3. Narrow your search further by excluding words. Type a minus (-) sign between the words or phrases. For example, if you're searching for 1965 Ford Mustangs with no mention of the color red, type:
    1965 Ford Mustang - red
  4. Search for two or more alternatives by using OR in capital letters. For example, type:
    1965 Ford Mustang OR 1965 Chevy Corvette
  5. Search for an exact phrase or quotation by putting it in quotation marks. For example, type:
    "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it"
  6. Search for something that appears only on a specific website by typing: internet access

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