Search Tips

Make the most of your Google University search with these tips!

Important stuff to remember

  • Google looks for phrases, then adjacencies, then weights
  • Google's boolean default is AND
  • Three ways to do an OR search.
    1. Type OR between your keywords ("OR" should always be in call caps)
    2. Put your OR statements in parentheses
    3. Use the | ("pipe") character in place of the word OR
  • Google is NOT case sensitive
  • Google has a hard limit of 10 keywords
  • Google ignores stop words
    a, about, an, and, are, as, at, be , by, from, how, I, in, is, it, of, on, or, that, the, this, to, we, what, when, where, which, with
  • You can force Google to search for a stop word by placing a + in front of it
    pirates +of +the carribean
  • Google does support whole-word wildcards (*)
  • The order of your keywords matters

Query Modifiers

daterange: start-stop
pirates daterange:2452401-2452766

inurl: terms
pirates - inurl:disney

filetype: extension
pirates -filetype:pdf

site: domain
You use site:inconjunction with another search term or phrase. pirates
You can also use site: to exclude sites.
pirates -
You can use site: to exclude or include entire domains
pirates - site:domain

inanchor: terms
pirates - inanchor:""

intext: terms
pirates +intext:"walt disney"

intitle: terms
pirates +intitle:"walt disney"

Alternate Query Types

cache: URL

related: URL

link: URL

info: URL

Other Information Needs

phonebook: data
phonebook:disneyland ca
phonebook: (714) 956-6425

define: term(s)
define: pirate

stocks: symbol1 symbol2
stocks: msft
stocks aapl intc msft macr