How to do internet research fast and easy

  1. Eliminate advertising by excluding commercial sites. Exclude terms by putting a minus sign in front of them.  For example:
  2. Find documents by including this term: .pdf
  3. Find government approved materials by including this term: .gov
  4. Find professional academic information by including these terms: .edu    .ac
  5. Filter just for Images, just for News, or just for Shopping.

Note how many pages are returned for each of these Google searches:

  • Ice Fishing Shack Hut Design Plans (About 72,500,000 results)
  • Ice Fishing Shack Hut Design Plans .pdf (About 221,000 results)
  • Ice Fishing Shack Hut Design Plans .pdf .gov (About 28,800 results)
  • Ice Fishing Shack Hut Design Plans .pdf (About 1,400 results)

You ain’t going to live long enough to view 72,500,000 results about anything, no matter how much you care about it.  If you looked at 1000 internet pages every day, it would take you 198 years to view all of the results on this topic available today.

Get smart about how you do internet searches.  This will save you a lot of time in finding good information.


Key Terms for Inquiry

Start with a Topic and combine this with one or more of these Key Terms.  Substitute Key Terms to find different perspectives.  Generally speaking, half a dozen combinations of Topic + Key Terms will suffice.,, .ac, .edu, .gov, .pdf, .ppt, Abstract, Annotated, Annual, Archive, Article, Association, Bibliography, Catalogue, Chart, Citation, Clearing House, Collection, Comparison, Concise, Critique, Data, Database, Debate, Diagram, Directory, Forum, Graph, Guide, Handbook, History, Index, Institute, International, List, Manuscript, Non-profit, Open, Portal, Proceedings, Record, Reference, Repository, Research, Resource, Review, Society, Statistic, Summary , Survey, Syllabus, Table, Text


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