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Internet Searching: Google Searching

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

Google Web Search

Google Web Search

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Search

Google Books Search

Google Book Search

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;//www.google.com/advanced_search
  • 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 [site:.xxx]