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How to Search Google Like A Pro

Research experts share search tips that will save time and get the results you want

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  3. How Google Works and How to Work It (12:57) 12:57 FREE!
    First, a quick lesson in how Google works and why you get millions of results when you search for something. Now you can harness the power of "disambiguation" to get rid of results you don't want. You'll learn how to use the advanced search feature and syntax tools to quickly focus on your target topic. Sample searches clearly show how it all plays out.
  4. Advanced Tools (11:40) 11:40 FREE!
    Drill down to search by domain, clusters, or within sites, and learn more about other Google features.

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Google is a powerful search tool, but the results can be overwhelming. How can you be sure what you end up with is relevant and credible? This crash course will show you how to use Google to find exactly what you’re looking for. You'll learn how to refine your questions to get targeted answers. Find out how something as convoluted-sounding as "disambiguation" is actually simple and necessary. And discover how to use Google to search within sites instead of using their built-in tools.

Don MacLeod is a law librarian with more than 15 years of reference experience researching companies, individuals, legislation and specific subjects for major New York firms. He teaches mediabistro's popular "How to Find Out Anything" seminar.

Katherine Wessling has fact-checked for magazines including Esquire, Newsweek International, Ladies' Home Journal, Us, In Touch, Star, and Teen People. She was associate research editor at Glamour and headed up the research department at Good Housekeeping.

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