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There are billions of websites on the Internet and sometimes it can be hard to find the information you are looking for.  Here are a few tips and a few websites to help you search the Internet:

1. Think about what you really want to look for or need to find.  It can be helpful to write these down.

2. Brainstorm some important keywords (and synonyms) that will help you narrow your search.

3. Use more than one search engine.  Some sites have information that others do not have and they also arrange information differently.  For some great search engines, check out the link below:

Great Search Sites!

4. Know how to use the search engines you are using.  Some search engines offer advanced features to help you sort the information you are looking for.  

5. If you get too much information, be more specific with your keywords.  Example: Type "rose" instead of "flower" or "orange juice" instead of just "juice."

6. If you don't get enough information, go the other way.  Be less specific and more general.  Example: Type "dinosaur" instead of "brontosaurus" or "

7. You can also use Boolean tools to narrow or widen your search:


Boolean Term

What Does it Do?


“    “

Looks only for sites that have the exact phrase you typed in between the quotation marks.  The search results must contain those words and in that order.

This will narrow your search.

If you type “Chennai Raptors” it will look for everything that has “Chennai Raptors” together, not just sites about Chennai or raptors.


Adding this before a word skips websites that have that word in it.

This will narrow your search.

If you are doing a report on bats, but want to limit searches to sites about the animal kind of bat, type –baseball –sports –ball etc. so you won’t get the baseball kind of bat!

Maybe you want to research dogs, but don't want hot dogs to come up!  In this case type your search as    dog -hot 


This will look only for sites that carry the domain you specify.

This will narrow your search.





Lets you look for sites that use either keyword. 

This will widen your search.

Dogs or Canines

Cats or Felines

Cars or Automobiles


Keywords always come up in searches, but the Internet skips common words unless you put "  " or + with them.  Adding + makes the Internet looks for words commonly left out of searches.  Only use this if you really need that particular word.

This will widen your search.






8. Keep a record of your searches.  Think about what worked well and what you could try next time to get even better results.


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Jeremy (Jet) Willette
Head Librarian and PK-8 Librarian

Peter Jacobson
High School Librarian


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