Advanced Google Searching


Google Advanced Search– Looking for something specific?
Try Google Advanced Search.

Google Advanced Image Search
– An advanced search for images.

Try Google Advanced Image Search.

Google Scholar
– If you are looking for articles, theses, books,

abstracts, court opinions or other information provided by
academic publishers, professional societies, and universities,
try Google Scholar Advanced Search.
You can also use Advanced Operators to refine your search results even more.

Google Translate
– Type text or cut and paste it into a search box

to translate the text from one language to another one.

Google Searching Operators

Refine your web searches

You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.

-Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.

-Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. 

A search for will work,
but site: won’t.

Common search techniques


Search social media

Put @ in front of a word to search social media.
For example: @twitter.

Search for a price

Put in front of a number.
For example: camera $400.

Search hashtags

Put in front of a word.
For example: #throwbackthursday

Exclude words from your search

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

Search for an exact match

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

Search for wildcards or unknown words

Put a * in your word or phrase where you want to leave a placeholder.
For example, “largest * in the world”.

Search within a range of numbers

Put .. between two numbers.
For example, camera $50..$100.

Combine searches

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

Search for a specific site

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

Search for related sites

Put “related:” in front of a web address you already know.
For example,

Get details about a site

Put “info:” in front of the site address.

See Google’s cached version of a site

Put “cache:” in front of the site address.

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