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Google Search Strategies

Exact match

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

Combination 

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

Exclusion 

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

Site-specific 

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

Search in the title

Put allintitle: or intitle: in front of your search query.

 

File type

Put filetype: in front of your search query.

 

Use parentheses to group operators:

For example: (tesla OR edison) "alternating current"

 


**Use Google Advanced Search**

More Google search tips

Google Search Practice

Google Web Search

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 site:.gov
  3. table design
  4. table design site:popularmechanics.com

Force Keywords into the Title

  1. Iranian rap
  2. allintitle:iranian rap