Using these simple Google search tips will aid in producing a smaller number of results that are more relevant:

Any Time. Right above your search results list, click on the “Any Time” option. This allows you to narrow your results by date—even as recent as past hour. This feature helps in eliminating old and outdated information.

Dictionary Definitions. To see a definition for a word or phrase, type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. E.g., define supplier

Double Quotes. Place quotes around your keywords if you want them to show up next to each other as a phrase. For example, Google recognizes the words “study skillsas together instead of apart. This is one of the most effective techniques you can use to narrow your results and make them more relevant.

Google Advanced Search. This tool allows for more precise searching and it is easy to use.

Related Searches. After obtaining your results from a search, click on the “Search Tools” option under the Google search bar. Select the “Related Searches” option, and you will see various search suggestions.

site: Use this if you want to search a specific website only. E.g., contract manager site:linkedin.com

Word Exclusion. Use the minus (-) sign to exclude terms. Put the minus sign right before the term you want to exclude. E.g., cardinals -arizona

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