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Getting the most out of google advanced search techniques

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  • 1. Search Techniques: Phrase Searching
    • For two or more words in a specific order
    • Search engine finds exact matches to your phrase
    • Assume that the words always appear in the same order
    • Use quotation marks
    • E.g. “financial crisis”; “internet security”
    • Use to increase relevancy
  • 2. Search Techniques: Boolean Searching
    • For combining keywords in Google
    • To combine two or more keywords, use +
    • Try this: “financial crisis” +Asia
    • Try this: “financial crisis” +Asia +Singapore
    • To remove a search term use –
    • Try this: “financial crisis” +Asia -1997
    • NOTES: In Google you must use symbols[ + - ]
    • There is no space between the symbol and the word
    • Use these techniques to reduce the number of hits
    NO SPACE
  • 3. Practice
    • Use this space to practice your search strings
  • 4.
    • For documents and reports:
    • Limit your searches to different document formats
      • E.g. PowerPoint; PDF; Excel
    • Try this: "financial crisis" +Singapore filetype:pdf
      • Limit your searches to specific domains
      • E.g. the domain .gov or .edu
    • Try this: "financial crisis" +Singapore site:.gov.sg
    Advanced Search Techniques: Document Types and Domains
  • 5.
    • For documents in the title of the webpage
    • Search for words in the title of a Google document
      • E.g. intitle:
    • Try this: intitle:“financial crisis”
    Advanced Search Techniques: Document Fields
  • 6. Practice
    • Use this space to practice your search strings
  • 7. Google Advanced Search Page