Examples: "climate change";"mass media"
Use quote marks to search for a phrase (a set of words in a specific order). This helps you find relevant information in the appropriate context.
Tip: This technique can be very useful when searching for a line from literary works or song lyrics, such as "to be or not to be".
Example: seabed OR seafloor
To search for pages containing either word add OR (capitalized).
Tip: If you do not use OR, your results will generally show pages containing both terms.
Examples: population site:gov ; research development site:edu
Include the word site: to search for information within a specific top-level domain such as .org, .gov, .edu, etc.
Tip: You can also search for information within a single website, such as research databases site:nwacc.edu .
Examples: nutrition -recipes ; wildcats -basketball
To exclude a word from your results list, add a dash (-) in front of the word you wish to exclude.
Tip: This also works in conjunction with other search methods. For example, to exclude a site from a particular search: skin cancer -site:wikipedia.org
Examples: To search for an image, video, map, news, book etc.
Conduct targeted searches by using the categories provided on Google's search results page--such as news, images, videos, etc.--rather than the full web search function. Find these options under the search box or in the drop-down menu under More.
Tip: You can also narrow your results to these categories after conducting a search. The Search Tools function in the results list also allows you to narrow by date.
Explore the Tools & Filters box to the right to learn more.
"Examples: dental hygiene filetype:ppt ; architecture portfolio filetype:pdf
To search for a specific type of file, add the word filetype to your search followed by the three letter file abbreviation such as pdf, ppt or xls.
Tip: You can also search for animated files: tsunami filetype:swf
Google ignores most punctuation and special characters, but there are some symbols you can use.
The dash (-) between words (without spaces) indicates strongly connected words. Example: child-care
The dash (-) directly in front of one word (no space) excludes that term from search results. Example: razorback -football
The hashtag (#) locates trending topics. Example: #love your library
See more ways you can use symbols & punctuation to search.
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Google's Advanced Search provides options to search more precisely for more relevant results.
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You can begin at the Advanced Search screen, or start on the basic search screen and determine from there whether you want to filter your results. Once you select a filter, select Advanced search from gear icon. The search form will be customized according to your filter.
Fill out the form with your search parameters. Instead of simply searching for an image, you can specify the file type, size, usage rights, region, domain, colors, and more.
Tip: Advanced searching leads to more relevant results, but some searches are so specific that few or no results fit the parameters. If this happens, adjust your selections and search terms.
Creating a free Google Account provides you with further options: