When it comes to searching for a specific term or concept on Google Search, there are a few simple helpful hints to keep in mind to make your search more successful in less time. One or two words will give you more results than an entire sentence.

  1. First, be straightforward and simple. No matter what you’re looking into, keep it easy and simple in just a short key word(s).
  2. Don’t worry about spelling, there’s an automated spell checker built-in to Google that will default your search to the most common spelling of any given word.
  3. Use the most common or popular topic words to get the best results.
  4. If you need to search for an exact phrase, put quotation marks around your words, for example a search for “George Bush” will miss pages that refer to George W. Bush.
  5. Use descriptive words to get more relevant results when you need to narrow your results.
  6. Searches are not case-sensitive.
  7. Searches ignore punctuation and special characters.