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- To search with Google, enter a descriptive word or phrase and hit "enter" or click on the Google Search box.
- Google will show results that contain all the words entered in the search box. (There is no need to enter "and" between words.) In order to refine a search, try adding or subtracting words from your original entry in the search box.
- Results shown first are considered most relevant to your search.
- Be specific and concise. For example, to find information on computer viruses, the phrase computer viruses is better than viruses.
- To search for an exact phrase, enter the phrase in quotes.
- Google will ignore capital letters.
- Google will ignore some common words, such as "and", "how", "where", "do", "I", and "for".
- To search for a term within a specific site or directory, enter the search term followed by "site:" and the site or directory you wish to restrict your search to. For example, to search for fees on the Bursar's site, enter the following in the search box:
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