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Using Wildcards with Major Search Engines
Google, Yahoo, Ask, Excite, Froogle, Bing, IMDB and others all support search wildcards.
The more you give a search engine, and the more accurate the characters (and their order) that you provide, the better your chances of getting the match you seek. Spelling "corrections"
Many search engines will fill in the blanks anyway, whether a wild card character is present or not. But the asterisk can somehow signal that something must be exactly there. Lest you doubt the wildcard's value, put the entire string of characters, wildcards and all, in quotes...and watch the results sharpen in many cases. Or maybe not; the quotes sometimes impede the result you're after.
Doubling up the magic character won't help; a single asterisk means anything from one character to several words. And remember that most search engines ignore other punctuation characters, so they can be skipped as well (even inside quote marks).
As implied above, another powerful search trick is the use of quotation marks to group words you know for a fact come in a particular order. Essentially it filters out word orders different from what you've entered.
In the end it costs nothing to try wildcards, and they may just do the trick. Internet searches are by nature a trial and error adventure. There are times when the wildcard can make it that much more powerful.
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