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Research Help

A help guide on some key activities involved in research processes.

How to Speak Google

Our top 3 Google search tips that make your searching more effective and efficient:

  • “” Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase, such as “global warming”  
  •  - (minus sign) works like NOT, excluding pages with the word that follows from results. Example: +pollution -air 
  •  site: or -site:    On, use the site limit to narrow your results.
    Examples:  depression treatment site:edu  will show results only on .edu sites; “prescription drugs” -site:com will show results from any site except a .com.

And download our 2-page guide to effective Google searching for even more tips:

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