1. Use Google Suggest:
    If you don’t have to know the exact spelling of a word. You can start entering the word and Google will ‘suggest’ similar words. You don’t need to hit ‘search’ every time because the term you are looking for could be a suggestion generated by Google.

  1. Evaluate your ‘common words’:
    Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, etc., but if you think that a common word is essential to get the results you want, you can make it essential by putting a plus (+) sign in front of it. If you want Google to ignore a certain word or phrase that has been generated in search results, you can put a minus (-) sign before that word or phrase and those results will be excluded.
  2. Use quotations
    To do a precise search, surround the phrase in quotation marks. Example “laparoscopic appendectomy”.
  3. Wildcard search
    In most search engines, you can use a character to stand in for any word or letter in a search phrase. Google’s most common wildcard character is an asterisk (*). Google uses stemming technology to find variations of each word in your search. You can do a wildcard search by inserting an asterisk (or up to 10 asterisks) to replace words before your search phrase. Example: coca cola was invented by *
  4. Look up definitions
    Knowing the definition of a word is crucial when typing up a report, especially a medical report. Google can provide word definitions if you enter define: and your word.
  5. Look for synonyms
    A synonym is a word or phrase that has the same meaning as another word or phrase. Look for synonyms by entering a (~) in front of the term.
  6. Capitalization
    Capitalization is not necessary for Google searches. Example: canada will generate the same results as Canada.
  7. Plural vs singular searches
    Plural forms of words are not necessary. Example: lung will generate the same results as lungs.
  8. Your new resource: the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker
    The Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker is a custom Google Search Engine designed specifically for Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist and their specific needs. It works by searching  2873 quality health and medical transcription websites including medical journals, medical equipment websites, doc finder, and medication finder sources. Try the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker.
  9. MT search site
    A specific division geared towards Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation searches, called GoogleMT.
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