Simple Searches Work Best

By Deane Barker on December 1, 2003

No ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts’: simple queries work best: A new study indicates that complicated, boolean-laden Google searches are no more effective than simple searches.

“Our research shows that query operators, commonly thought to narrow searches, don’t return more relevant results and don’t reduce the number of non-relevant results,” said Bernard J. Jansen, assistant professor of information sciences and technology and co-author of “Coverage, Relevance, and Ranking: The Impact of Query Operators on Web Search Engine Results.”

What I’ve found works best is to start by simply entering your question in as you would say it verbally. This seems to bring back the most relevant results.