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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

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