Google has lots of secret tips and tricks to improve your searches. Check out some of these tools to use Google more effectively.
|Word/Symbol||What Does It Do?||Example|
|Site:||searches for a specific website||mental health site:cdc.gov.|
|Related:||searches for a website similar to one you already know||related:verywellmind.com|
|Before:||searches for results published before a certain date||coronavirus before:2020-3-11|
|After:||searches for results published after a certain date||depression after:2020-3-11|
|Define:||searches for definitions of a specific term||define: emotional support animal|
|Around||searches for terms within a certain number of words (in example, within 4 words)||cats around(4) depression|
|"" (Quotes)||searches for exact word or phrase||"mental health"|
|.. (Two Dots)||searches for a specific number range||2016..2020|
|* (Star)||acts as a placeholder for searches with unknown terms||emotional support animals * laws|
|- (Minus)||excludes certain words from a search||emotional support animals -dogs|
Using words like “AND,” “OR,” or “NOT” will help refine your results. These words are called Boolean operators, and each serves a different purpose for your research.
Using AND means that all of your results will include both the keyword “depression” and the keyword “mental health.” AND can help narrow your results.
Using OR means that some of your results will only have the keyword “mental health,” some will only have the keyword “depression,” and some will have both. OR can help broaden your results.
Using NOT means that all of your results will include the keyword “mental health,” and none of your results will include the keyword “depression.” NOT is used when you want to eliminate a word that is dominating the conversation.
Getting to Google Advanced Search
To get to Google Advanced Search, on Google’s homepage, click on “Settings” in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, then “Advanced Search.”
Find Pages With
This area will let you search for specific words and phrases, eliminate words you don’t want to see, and make sure all your results include certain words.
Narrow Your Results
This area will let you narrow your results by language, date, file type, or word usage.