How to Use the Glossary Search Interface Using Google

  1. Choose a language and enter your term using double quotation marks (" ") for phrases;

  2. Select a search technique and click on Find (technique no. 1 is generally the most effective);

  3. To refine your search later on you could add a related term as follows:


    A) backbone internet
    [without quotation marks: searches for both words anywhere on page]
    [=> finds glossaries containing the term "backbone" relating to the internet (avoiding medical glossaries)]

    ) backbone -medical
    [=> to exclude medical glossaries]

  4. To increase results, break down phrases: instead of "internet backbone", search for the two words not necessarily as a phrase by omitting the quotation marks.

NOTE: Google does NOT accept the letter wildcard (*), so you cannot search for "translat*" to find all words beginning with "translat". Google is NOT case sensitive and does not therefore distinguish between "Pole" and "pole".

Tip: If you can't find your term, try search criteria in another language, for example English.


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