Research help: Smart searching

Tips for searching the Internet

Search engines - make them work for you.

Click on the headings below for more information.

Select the best keywords

Use advanced search options

Phrase searching – using quotation marks

Logic – using logical operators (Also known as Boolean operators)

Wildcards and truncation

Learn more about logical operators.

Search engines

Privacy search engines
Search engines that do not collect identifiable information such as IP adresses, location details and searches.


Using the Internet for research

Try step 3 of the interactive tutorial


Library databases - start your search here!

Try the library databases before searching the Internet. They have been selected for your research and contain credible information.

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