Below is a list of the most useful search tips that make Internet searches more effective:
Most Internet sites allow searching using Boolean operators. The default operator is "AND" for most sites. Some sites also provide truncation and substring searching. To be sure about a particular site search facilities read its specific directions from help or FAQ (frequently asked questions) file.
To find a word in the current web page, go to "edit" then "find on this page" and type the word you are looking for.
Links that change their color indicate sites that have been visited earlier.
Bookmarks / favorites can be saved for later use without needing to memorize or type its URL address.
Use as many unique or rare words as possible, while searching, to get specific relevant hits.
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Search for phrases whenever possible, to get more relevant focused hits.
Word order is critical in Web searching, putting the most important words first worked best.
Shorten a URL if you get a broken link, then use the site features to find the page you want.
Search engines vary greatly in how they index pages and how deeply they index a site, so a search done on different engines will retrieve different results.
If you do not get enough relevant hits, rephrase the search query, try a second and third search engine, or a meta-search engine.
Some of the factors that affect ranking of retrieved records include the number of search words matched and where in an entry the search words appear.
Most search engines cannot index files for sites requiring passwords.
The date in Web search engines specifies either the date the document was written, last updated or -if non of these is applicable- the date the search engine found the document.
To view a retrieved hit in a new window, right click with mouse and select "open in a new window". When you finish exploring this site, simply close this window to go back to the search results screen.