Only 5% of internet users know about Google's Advanced Search. Here are some tips to make your Google searches more successful.
- Use quotation marks to get Google to return search terms in a certain order. (Great for looking up song lyrics or lines from poems.)
- Use the minus sign to eliminate results not relevant to your search. (Ex.: mexico -new)
- Limit your search by domain name, e.g. .org. (Ex.: mississippi tourism site:.gov)
- Use Google's search engine to search an individual site by adding "site:[url]" to your search terms. (Ex.: bison site:fws.gov)
- Search for certain file types by adding "filetype:" to your search terms. (Ex.: taj mahal filetype:ppt)
- Use the ~ sign to search for synonyms for your search terms, e.g. ~college will return results for "university," "higher education," etc.
This video demonstrates these and other advanced search tips.