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Wendy Boswell

Save time and frustration with these Web search shortcuts

By November 15, 2013

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There are a lot of ways to search the Web, including a few tricks that you can use to narrow your searches in a VERY efficient way. For example:

  • Inurl: The inurl search syntax allows you to search for words within the URL, the address of a resource, file, site, service, etc. on the Internet.
  • Search for a Specific File Format: If you're looking for a specific kind of file on the Web, there's a couple of search engines that support this kind of restrictive searching.
  • Boolean Search: Boolean searching is built on a method of symbolic logic developed by George Boole, a 19th century English mathematician. Most online databases and search engines support Boolean searches. Boolean search techniques can be used to carry out effective searches, cutting out many unrelated documents.

You'd be surprised how these simple tips can make your Web searching that much easier - try 'em and I'm sure you'll agree! What are your favorite "top secret" Web search tricks? Please share in the comments.


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