Advanced searching allows you to limit results and helps you break through ranking algorithms to find those useful documents that are multiple levels deep.
Today’s tip: Proximity and Wildcard Searching
Yes, you can do proximity and wildcard searching in search engines, to some extent. In Google, you can use the asterisk * in the middle of a phrase: “read the * manual.” This search will retrieve results for “read the owner’s manual.” You can use up to three wildcards, separated by spaces. “read the * * manual,” will retrieve “read the Nissan owner’s manual.”
The tips in this weekly update are from a January 2006 presentation for SLA, “Beyond the Basics of Internet Search Engines: Choosing and Using the Best Features of the Major Engines”, Rita Vine, MLS, firstname.lastname@example.org.