Online research has become an essential part of any kind of work, be it online or printed one. What usually requires many long hours in libraries can be quickly done via smartphones or tablets. Moreover, it’s not a kind of magic anymore, when the question is about getting in touch with famous personas. Using the World Wide Web and its advanced search features, one can touch the sky.
Engines have become the number one tool for effective research, so it is important to be aware of how to use them efficiently.
The (-) Operator Will Help to Narrow the Search
Do you remember the moment, when you typed a particular term into the search bar and what you got was far from what you expected? The thing is that in case the term has more than 1-2 meanings, the search engine may provide you with undesirable results. The so-called minus operator will eliminate a lot of unwanted results.
The majority of search engines see no difference between the lowercase and uppercase. Moreover, even if you add the quotation marks, things won’t change.
There’s No Happy Medium
You won’t find a perfect place on the web to conduct all your researches. The main point is that different search engines are built to provide users with different results. But the fact is that some search engines do give better results than the rest.
Conduct Forums-Only Search
Go straight to the left side of search result page, right under the Google logo and click the ‘More Discussions’ button. If faced with technical problems, forums are a great place to search for solutions.
Say NO to Suffixes
When looking for particular information on the web, make sure to enter the base word to get the most relevant pages. For instance, type in table and not tables, look and not looked. But there’s an exception to the rule. In case you’re on the lookout for the web sites that are focused on the act of looking, it’s necessary to type in the term looking.
While Google refers to it as ‘the fill in the blank’ operator, it’s also called the wildcard operator (*). Let’s say, satisfaction* will provide you with online pages that include satisfaction, as well as any other terms that Google may find related to your search word. Mind that the searcher cannot use the fill in the blank operator to find parts of words.
Start an Internal Clock
It’s not a secret that sometimes your search seems to bring no results at all no matter how hard you try. It’s time to set a certain time limit, and when it has elapsed without any results, you will realize it’s time to stop and try some other tactics. By ‘other tactics’ one may consider calling online support, using different search engine, asking a pal or an expert with the right professional experience.