You're probably all familiar with a basic search, but here are a few tips on using Google more efficiently:
- are the terms And Or Not
- or their sign equivalents + | - (Google uses a mix of words and signs.)
Using "and" with your search terms narrows your retrieved results to those containing all the words.
- Dolphins + Miami (this says we want websites that discuss dolphins as well as Miami)
The minus sign/dash (-) narrows your retrieved results to those that do not contain the term following it.
- Dolphins -Miami (this says we don't want websites that discuss dolphins as well as Miami)
Using "or" broadens your retrieved results to include websites with any of the words.
- Dolphins | Miami (this says we want websites that discuss dolphins or Miami)
Search an exact word or phrase:
- Use quotes around the set of words you'd like to keep in a specific order, without Google correcting the spelling or offering synonyms.
Search similar words:
- A tilde sign (~) in front of a words tells Google to search for that specific word and synonyms.
- ~football (this says find the word football or related words, like sports, NFL, ESPN, Gaelic football)
For other Google search tips, visit their Inside Search Page.