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Searching the Web  The Internet is packed with an endless amount of information. Knowing how to find exactly what you're looking for is the key to making the most of your Internet experience. Try these tips to improve your search engine results:
  • Check your spelling. Is there a typo in your search word(s)? This may be preventing the search engine from presenting the information you are looking for. If you're not sure about spelling, you can use a wild card. A wild card is a symbol, such as (*), that stands for one or more characters. For example, you could type in "* kwan do" to search for "tae kwan do".

  • Search for an exact phrase. Use quotation marks "" to encapsulate a series of words to ensure that your search finds the exact phrase. For example, if you're looking for information on the American national anthem, search for "Star Spangled Banner".

  • Try different keywords. Using multiple terms in your search will increase your chances of getting the particular information you seek. For example, if you want information on Wimbledon, you may try searching for "Wimbledon", "tennis", and "grand slam".

  • Narrow your search. Be as specific as possible with your search terms/words. For example, looking for "Siberian Husky" is more likely to give you better results than searching for "dog".

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