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Internet Searching: Google Searching

Provides tips and techniques to make the most out of internet searching.

Google Web Search

Google Scholar Search

Google Books Search

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Google Basic Search Tips

Below are some basic search tips from Google's support page.

  • Keep it simple:
    • Try to start with a simple search. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.
  • Use web friendly words:
    • Use words that are most likely to appear on websites. For example, instead of saying [my head hurts], say [headache].
  • Spelling:
    • Google automatically uses the most common spelling of a given word, whether or not you spell it correctly.
  • Capitalization:
    • A search for [New York Times] is the same as a search for [new york times].

Google Advanced Search Tips

Use Google Advanced Search to find a website appropriate for use in a college class.

  • Perform a search in Google.
  • From your list of results, click on [Settings] underneath the search bar and choose [Advanced Search].  Note: you can also go directly to Google Advanced Search at http;//
  • Here you can narrow your results a number of ways, including:
    • exact phrase
    • last update
    • file type
    • domain
      • note, try using .edu or .gov
      • also, you can designate domain in a basic Google search by adding []