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Building Better Google Searches: Basic Search Strategies

Get better results from your Google searches. See all the best basic and advanced search strategies, plus tips for the Google search engine. #Google #search

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Tips!

     BE AWARE that Google only skims the surface of the Internet!

     If you use only Google for your research, you will miss out on a lot of high quality, easy-to-use, free-to-you resources (also known as the Deep Web) available through this library!  See our video below for a brief explanation.

 

Google Scholar

     TO FIND the maximum amount of free content when using Google Scholar, follow the steps detailed here before you start searching:

Google Scholar and Pfau Library

Examples of Basic Search Strategies

Pay attention to the order of your keywords:

grass snake is different from snake grass

 

Enclose phrases in quotation marks:

“fathers who stay at home”

 

No need to type “and” between terms:

“hubble telescope” pulsars

 

Run separate searches for similar terms:

nutrition cancer

diet cancer

 

Run separate searches for different word endings:

politics corruption

political corruption

politicians corruption

 

Use the site command (site:) this way to restrict results to educational institution sites:

“feminist theory” site:edu

 

Use the site command (site:) this way to restrict results to government sites:

“feminist theory” site:gov

 

Use the site command (site:) this way to restrict results to nonprofit sites:

“feminist theory” site:org

Try These Strategies Now!

Google Web Search

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