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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
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.