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Remember: Google is a tool to help you research. Before you start Googling, make a plan....
Do not spend more than the time you have allowed on Google
It is easy to waste time
Don't ask Google a question
Keywords are the words you use to search for information about a topic. You do not need to use whole questions in Google. Look at your question and pick out the keywords.
Question: How many tigers are left in Malaysia in the wild? By only entering the 3 keywords you will get fewer, more relevant results.
are left in Malaysia
in the wild?
|tigers malaysia wild|
What will * do for me?
Using the asterisk or star key (shift & 8 on your keyboard) is called truncation.
See how it works in the examples below:
Experiment with truncation and wildcards to see how it changes your results
Use quotation marks for exact matches
If you are looking for 2 or more words that should appear next to each other use quotation marks (speech marks or 66 and 99) to keep them together in your search. Hold down the shift key and the speech mark key to insert speech marks
Change your keywords if you have to...
When I searched for "Malaysian Tigers" I noticed that I seemed to get a lot of results about sports teams. In one result I noticed that the used the keyword Malayan, not Malaysian and when I changed my keyword I got much better results. Think of synonyms (words that mean the same thing) that you might use instead.