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Google Search Strategies

**Use Google Advanced Search**

Search for an exact match

Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, "tallest building".

Combine searches

Put "OR" between each search query. For example,  marathon OR race.

Exclude words from your search

Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car

Search for a specific site

Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. For example, or

Search for your keywords in the title

Put allintitle: in front of your search query.


More Google search tips

Keep in Mind Boolean Operators


  • Google adds an automatic "AND" between your search terms.
  • You can do an exclusion search by putting a - in front of a word.  Google doesn't recognize the word "NOT" as an operator.
  • You can do a combination search by putting "OR" between your search terms.

Google Search Practice

Do each of the following searches paying special attention to how your results change:‚Äč

Exact Match Search

  1. Internet protocol vulnerabilities
  2. "internet protocol vulnerabilities"

Exclusion Search

  1. mercury
  2. mercury -planet

Combination Search with the OR Boolean Operator

  1. Russia
  2. Russia OR Soviet Union

Site-specific Search

  1. income
  2. income
  3. table design
  4. table design

Force Keywords into the Title

  1. Iranian rap
  2. allintitle:iranian rap