Snopes Tips: Hone Your Research Skills

Online searches can be frustrating, especially when your chosen search engine has a list of indigestible results that includes spam, paid advertising, and unwanted websites. Below, we’ve provided you with some basic tips to improve your search skills and find what you’re looking for faster.

At Google, Bing, DuckDuck Go, and similar search engines, if a user wants to search for a specific topic and only see results from a specific website, here’s how it’s possible. Say, for example, we want to search for “Taco Bell”. Simply enter the following in the search field: “Taco Bell site:”. Searching for “site:[url]”tells Google to look only at the specified website. (There is no need for” https “or” www “.)

On Facebook, suppose a user wants to find all of a friend’s or page’s posts that contain the word “football.” First, go to Facebook and search for “football”. Then select “Publications” (which is at the top on mobile devices and on the left side on desktops). To filter up to a single person or page, on a mobile device, click the filter icon (top right) and select “Posts from”, then choose the person or page. On desktop computers, “Publications of” appears on the left side of the page. You will see other options which will allow you to refine your search even further, for example by date.

On Twitter, there is an advanced search option that allows users to search for keywords and then filter to a specific account. Suppose a reader wants to find tweets from the @snopes Twitter account that mention the word “Trump.” In the Twitter search bar, simply type “asset of: @snopes”. Searching for “from:” tells Twitter to only search for tweets from that one account.

All platforms also allow users to filter up to a specific period of time.

Good research !

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