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vacation hawaii Maui OR Hawaii "To each his own" virus –computer +sock ~auto loan define:computer red * blue I'm Feeling Lucky
the words vacation and Hawaii . either the word Maui or the word Hawaii the exact phrase to each his own the word virus but NOT the word computer Only the word sock, and not the plural or any tenses or synonyms loan info for both the word auto and its synonyms: truck, car, etc. definitions of the word computer from around the Web. the words red and blue separated by one or more words. Takes you directly to first web page returned for your query.
MEANING TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX
+ * / % of ^
addition subtraction multiplication division percentage of raise to a power
45 + 39 45 – 39 45 * 39 45 / 39 45% of 39 2^5 (2 to the 5th power)
WHAT TO TYPE INTO SEARCH BOX (& DESCRIPTION OF RESULTS)
site: [#]…[#] link: info: related:
Search only one website Search within a range of numbers linked pages Info about a page Related pages
admission site:www.stanford.edu (Search Stanford Univ. site for admissions info.) DVD player $100..150 (Search for DVD players between $100 and $150) link:www.stanford.edu (Find pages that link to the Stanford University website.) info:www.stanford.edu (Find information about the Stanford University website.) related:www.stanford.edu (Find websites related to the Stanford University website.)
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Google search basics: Advanced Search
you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. • • • • • • • • • • contain ALL the search terms you type in contain the exact phrase you type in contain at least one of the words you type in do NOT contain any of the words you type in is written in a certain language is created in a certain file format was updated within a certain period of time contain numbers within a certain range within a certain domain. which offers numerous options for making your searches more precise and getting more useful results. here's how to ensure that Google includes the "I" in a search for Star Wars. With Advanced Search. or selecting them from the Advanced Search page. Episode I: . If a common word is essential to getting the results you want. you might want to try Advanced Search.. how. you can search only for pages that.Once you know the basics of Google search. Types of advanced search operators include: • • • • • • Include search Synonym search OR search Domain search Numrange search Other advanced search features Additional list of advanced operators Print-and-save Google Cheat Sheet "+" search Google ignores common words and characters such as where.com/advanced_search You can do a lot more with Google search than just typing in search terms.) For example. or website don't contain "adult" material Advanced search operators You can also improve your searches by adding "operators" to your search terms in the Google search box.. the.google. and other digits and letters which slow down your search without improving the results. You can reach this page by clicking (no surprise) the Advanced Search link next to the search box on the Google home page. We'll indicate if a word has been excluded by displaying details on the results page below the search box. You can also visit the page directly at http://www. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.
But be sure to specify a unit of measurement or some other indicator of what the number range represents. here's how to search for food facts and nutrition and cooking information: þÿ Google Search Back to advanced search operators "OR" search To find pages that include either of two search terms. here's how you'd find admission information on the Stanford University site: þÿ Google Search Back to advanced search operators Numrange search Feel like a number? Numrange searches for results containing numbers in a given range. into the search box along with your search terms.10000 kg truck).þÿ Google Search Back to advanced search operators Synonym search If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms.. add an uppercase OR between the terms. Just add two numbers. For example.. For example. place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term. .1960) to weights ( 5000. here's how to search for a vacation in either London or Paris: þÿ Google Search Back to advanced search operators Domain search You can use Google to search only within one specific website by entering the search terms you're looking for. with no spaces. You can use Numrange to set ranges for everything from dates ( Willie Mays 1950. followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name. separated by two periods. For example.
or in the URL.S. six. Linux or Microsoft. • Domains: Search only a specific website. BSD Unix. here's how you'd search for a DVD player that costs between $50 and $100: þÿ Google Search Back to advanced search operators Other advanced search features • Google Local: Find products and services in a specific U. • Language: Specify in which language you'd like your results. Learn more Back to advanced search operators .For example. in the title. or 12 month periods. • Date: Restrict your results to the past three. or exclude that site from your search. town or zip code. • Occurrences: Specify where your search terms occur on the page anywhere on the page. • Technology Search: Find information related to Apple Macintosh. • SafeSearch: Eliminates adult sites from search results.
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• Terms you want to exclude (-) Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain this word to appear in your results.sign in front of all of them. . By insisting on phrase search you might be missing good results accidentally. The query [ Obama voted * on the * bill ] will give you stories about different votes on different bills. though they might return results from other sites that mention the New York Times. whereas the query [ anti-virus -software ] will search for the words 'anti-virus' but exclude references to software. For example. the search [ Google * ] will give you results about many of Google's products (go to next page and next page -. The simpler queries [ iraq nytimes. The minus sign should appear immediately before the word and should be preceded with a space. in the query [ anti-virus software ]. For example. • Fill in the blanks (*) The *. but sometimes you need a little bit more power. you are telling Google to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change. For example. Note that the * operator works only on whole words.com. for example [ jaguar -cars -football -os ]. it tells Google to try to treat the star as a placeholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches. so quotes are usually unnecessary. such as the members of the search group at Google.iq ] will return results only from Iraqi sites. As always.we have many products). If you include * within a query. • Search within a specific website (site:) Google allows you to specify that your search results must come from a given website. place a hyphen before the 'site:' operator (without a space) to exclude a specific site from your search results.Google search basics: More search help Print The Basic search help article covers all the most common issues. use these features less than 5% of the time. For example. [ to be ] or [ not to be ] are two examples of queries. The . for example [ iraq site:. Have in mind though that even very advanced searchers. Basic simple search is often enough. so [ to be or not to be ] is an example of a query. the query [ iraq site:nytimes. is a little-known feature that can be very powerful. This document will highlight the more advanced features of Google Web Search. For example. • Phrase search ("") By putting double quotes around a set of words. You can also specify a whole class of sites.com ] will return pages about Iraq but only from nytimes.sign can be used to exclude more than just words. Bell.gov ] will return results only from a . we use square brackets [ ] to denote queries. a search for [ "Alexander Bell" ] (with quotes) will miss the pages that refer to Alexander G. the minus sign is used as a hyphen and will not be interpreted as an exclusion symbol. or wildcard. Google already uses the order and the fact that the words are together as a very strong signal and will stray from it only for a good reason.com ] or [ iraq New York Times ] will usually be just as good. You can exclude as many words as you want by using the . not parts of words.gov domain and [ iraq site:.
the query [ for better or for worse ] will not be interpreted by Google as an OR query.' and 'for. or California history for the query [ ca history ]. By attaching a + immediately before a word (remember. The symbol | can be substituted for OR.) Exceptions Search is rarely absolute. • Synonyms might replace some words in your original query. so it is not needed. for example. . Google will show calculator results for the query [ 34 * 87 ] rather than use the 'Fill in the blanks' operator. most rules have exceptions. don't add a space after the +). you can use the OR operator (note that you have to type 'OR' in ALL CAPS). Both cases follow the obvious intent of the query. [ San Francisco Giants 2004 OR 2005 ] will give you results about either one of these years. If you want to specifically allow either one of several words. But there are even exceptions to this exception. The evidence might come from language analysis that Google has done or many other sources. • The OR operator Google's default behavior is to consider all the words in a search.' 'a. (The AND operator. Here is a list of exceptions to some of the rules and guidelines that were mentioned in this and the Basic Search Help article: Exceptions to 'Every word matters' • Words that are commonly used. childcare for the query [ child care ] (with a space). The search [ the who ] likely refers to the band. like 'the. Search engines use a variety of techniques to imitate how people think and to approximate their behavior. • The dollar sign ($) is used to indicate prices. For example. But sometimes Google helps out a little too much and gives you a synonym when you don't really want it. For example.' are usually ignored (these are called stop words). but as a phrase that matches a (very popular) comic strip. (Adding + before a word disables synonyms.' Punctuation that is not ignored • Punctuation in popular terms that have particular meanings. whereas [ San Francisco Giants 2004 2005 ] (without the OR) will show pages that include both years on the same page. like [ C+ + ] or [ C# ] (both are names of programming languages).) • A particular word might not appear on a page in your results if there is sufficient other evidence that the page is relevant.• Search exactly as is (+) Google employs synonyms automatically. Putting double quotes around a single word will do the same thing. is the default. by the way. the query [ overhead view of the bellagio pool ] will give you nice overhead pictures from pages that do not include the word 'overhead. are not ignored. [ nikon 400 ] and [ nikon $400 ] will give different results. the query [ who ] probably refers to the World Health Organization -. so that it finds pages that mention. you are telling Google to match that word precisely as you typed it.Google will not ignore the word 'the' in the first query. As a result. For example.
) • The underscore symbol _ is not ignored when it connects two words. (Unless there is no space after the and a space before it.is sometimes used as a signal that the two words around it are very strongly connected. [ quick_sort ].g.• The hyphen . e. in which case it is a negative sign. .
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