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Search Engines: Tips & Hints

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  • use more than one search engine, if the first yields inaccurate or no results 

  • learn how to use at least two search engines well 

  • use boolean logic and phrase searching whenever possible to increase the number of accurate hits 

  • use the 'advanced' or 'power' search when possible, especially when searching for topics that will yield a lot of hits

  • read the help screens 

  • when appropriate, analyze the source of the information for accuracy and timeliness