searchStrategies for searching

  1. To start a search you need to add two or more words to the search engine: As an example you can add the words ‘Australian’ and ‘rules’. This will return sites with either or both words. The sites may contain:
  • Australian rules football
  • Australian flag
  • Rules of backgammon

  1. You can refine your search by using a plus sign in front of each word to include both words in the search result eg +Australian +Rules returns sites with both words. The sites may contain:
  • Australian Rules football…
  • Australian Hewitt rules the world of tennis...
  • The rules of the Australian parliament...

  1. You can use a quote mark to have a phrase included in the search eg “Australian Rules”. The sites will have both words included together. “Australian rules” may return:
  • Australian Rules football….
  • An Australian rules the world of tennis...
  • The Australian rules of parliament...

  1. You can use quotes and a plus sign to get a closer match. The sites will have will have both words +“Australian rules” +Football. The sites may contain:
  • Australian Rules football is a game that …

  1. If you want sites that do not have a word or term you can eliminate terms using a minus sign eg. +”Australian Rules” –Football. The sites may return:
  • An Australian rules the world of tennis...
  • The Australian rules of parliament…

But not
  • Australian Rules football…

  1. You can also look for information in particular types of sites. To search educational sites add the following at the start of your search entry:
  • url:edu
  • u:edu
  • inurl:edu (for Google)

Searching in a country:
  • inurl:.au returns sites that are Australian
  • inurl:.pdf returns web addresses that are pdf files


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