- Google uses an automatic Boolean AND between terms. So the results should include all the words you enter, unless they are stop words (common words Google has flagged).
- Put phrases in “double quotes” and you’ll only match all those words, in order. Google also detects phrase matches even when the quotes are not used and usually ranks phrase matches higher.
- No truncation is available, so if you want different forms of a word (library and libraries) you have to do two searches.
- Within phrases, there is a trick that can be used for a wildcard word. Use an asterisk * within a phrase search to match any word in that position. Try “a * in time saves nine”, or “a * * * saves nine”.
- Google has no case sensitive searching. Using either lower or upper case results in the same hits.
- Use Google to search for pictures and graphics that might be useful. From www.google.com, click on the Images tab.
Google has an advanced search that allows you to do things such as:
° Phrase search (same as “double quotes”)
° Specify language
° Specify date of last update
° Search only within a certain domain (parkland.edu, for example)
° Perform several “Topic Specific” searches (U.S. gov’t, for example)
° AND MORE
This is not an official Google feature, more of a technique. Are there some words that you can think of that might help you ‘pry out’ more specific results, words that describe the type of information you are looking for, as well as the subject you’re researching? Think about it.
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Try whales encyclopedia vs. just whales or DVD players comparison chart vs. just DVD players.