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    Getting the most out of google advanced search techniques Getting the most out of google advanced search techniques Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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
    • Practice
      • Use this space to practice your search strings
      • 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
      • 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
    • Practice
      • Use this space to practice your search strings
    • Google Advanced Search Page