Web Search Strategies

Keywords & Phrases

exact phrase

Brainstorming before you start searching will generate a good list of keywords and phrases. If you're searching for a common phrase or want to find an exact set of words, use "quotation marks" around the words and that exact phrase or set of words will appear in your search results.

Advanced Search Options & Preferences

Internet domains

Most search engines have advanced search capabilities or preferences which allow you to customize your results; you can specify the format of the material you want to find, set your preferences to include your library's collection of databases, and limit your search results to a specific Internet domain (e.g. .gov, .edu, .org).