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What are the tricks that the search-savvy know?

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Question: “I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but I’m still not really sure about the very best techniques to try when using a search engine. I have to Google things all the time but tend to wind up with way too many irrelevant results, or I can’t quite find what I’m looking for. What are the little techniques I’m missing when it comes to precise and complete web-searching?” – Sally, Medical Coder

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SaraLee March 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I find that even when I get ridiculously specific, I still get a boatload of results, so always use the + sign to keep adding terms which MUST be a part of your search until you just can’t go any further!


Lori March 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

All you need to do is Google: Google Power Searcher and you will find the free course. I learned so much from that course!


Carole March 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Use [define] in the search box to identify the meaning of words.
Use image search when it appears in search results, and use related image search to refine results.
Learn how to use operators (ex: site:ucla.edu).
Use the minus sign (-) to eliminate irrelevant results.
Use quotes to search for a phrase.
I agree with Jasmine, take the free class with Google. It’s great.


Susan Goeltzenleuchter, CAP March 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

You need to pick the main word you are searching for on a topic and put it in quotes.


Jasmine March 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

Google has a free class for this exact request – to become a power searcher!


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