Internet Search Best Practices and Resources

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1. Boolean Searching Defined

1.1. Boolean Operator: AND

1.1.1. Boolean Operator: OR

1.1.1.1. Boolean Operator: NOT

1.2. Why Use Boolean Operators?

1.2.1. •To focus a search, particularly when your topic contains multiple search terms.

1.2.1.1. •To connect various pieces of information to find exactly what you're looking for.

2. Truncation Defined

2.1. Also known as stemming

2.1.1. How to: Use root word then truncation symbol. Example: child* = child, childs, children, childrens, childhood

2.1.1.1. Symbols: *, !, ?, or #

2.1.1.1.1. Wildcards: Substitute a symbol for one letter of a word. Example: wom!n = woman, women colo?r = color, colour

3. Search Strings

3.1. The combination of all text, numbers and symbols entered by a user into a search engine to find desired results.

3.1.1. May include keywords, numeric data and operators.

3.1.1.1. Stop words, such as the, are not indexed and are ignored in search queries.

3.1.1.1.1. Operators are search commands that are used to refine searches

4. Search Engines

4.1. Google

4.1.1. Google Scholar

4.1.1.1. Bing

4.1.1.1.1. Duckduckgo