TECH TRENDS: Internet searching tips

Gail Eddy, Nederland.   More than once I have been extremely frustrated trying to find something on the internet.  Internet searching either gives WAY too much information or info that isn’t relevant. Most of the tips I will share with you I’ve picked up bit by bit.  I’m hoping they will help you.


Exact Match: When you use quotation marks, you only search for what is inside the quotes.  For example: Coffeehouses “live music” will bring up all the coffeehouses that have live music.

Exclusion: When you use the minus sign, you’ll exclude that information from your search.  For example:  “Scottish Novels: -“Outlander” will bring up information about many novels that occur in Scotland except the Outlander series.

Wild Card: When you use the asterisk with another word or phrase, you’ll get lots of different options.


For example: Hollywood * will provide results like “Hollywood Bowl”, “Hollywood Blacklist”, and “Hollywood movies”.

Specific Web Site: Do you want to search within a specific web site?  Use “site:website”. For example: “Jerry Lewis” will bring up articles relating to Jerry Lewis on the New York Times site.

More: Have you used Google’s Search Tabs? Underneath Google’s search bar, there are a number of options.

For example: WEB     NEWS     IMAGES     VIDEOS     BOOKS     MORE     SEARCH TOOLS

News: If you are looking specifically for a news story that occurred in the last 24 hours, follow these steps: Firstly, Enter your search terms in the search bar. Secondly, Click on the News tab. Third, Click on the Search Tools Tab. Last, Click on “Anytime” and select “24 hours” from the drop down menu.

Images: If you’re looking for an image, enter a description in the search bar and then click on the Images Tab.  If you want to fine tune your search, then you can add other criteria.  Click on “Search Tools” and then, select the color, type of image, usage rights, etc.

Location: If you want to find something in a particular location, click on “Search Tools”, then click on “Location”, then type in where you would like to search.  For example: “Hot Springs” California will bring up a list of all the hot springs in California.

Have you used any of these Internet Searching tips?  Are there other tips you use?  Please let us know about them!

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