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Disabilities and Employment: Internet Search Tips

A research guide for students in SMLR course 37:575:365 and for anyone doing research in disabilities in the workplace and society.

Searching the Web-Helpful Hints

  • Use keywords and key phrases that describe your research topic.
  • Use quotation marks to denote phrases (many search engines recognize common phrases, but it is better to tell the computer than let the computer tell you what you want).
  • Get to know your Search Engine! Does it have special or advanced features? How does it display results? Can you configure it to work differently?
  • Use Advanced Search Options, if available.  This will give you more control over your search and improve your results.

Google Advanced Search

  http://www.google.com/advanced_search

You can use commands to do an Advanced Search in "regular" Google Search.

Sample Search:

filetype: pdf  [give me ONLY pdf documents]

why?  Most research reports are published online in pdf format.

alternative-- filetype:ppt for powerpoint presentations

domain: org  [give me ONLY results from .org web sites]

why?  Most research organizations are nonprofits, which use the .org domain. 

alternative-- domain:edu for university web sites.

"employee participation"  [give me only documents that contain this phrase]

alternative--  whatever Key Words and Key Phrases define your research topic.

Google Search Box

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