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Search Syntax

Boolean AND: Narrows your search to include documents that contain BOTH keywords.

Boolean OR: Broadens your search to include ANY of the keywords.

Boolean NOT: Narrows search by excluding one meaning of a word.

Nesting: By combining Boolean words with parenthesis, you can perform multiple tasks at once.

Truncation: Searches on the root of the word adding different word endings or plurals.

Controls: By adding + or - in front of a word you are saying that the word MUST or MUST NOT be included in the "hits," another name for the results of your search.

Phrase: Searches a phrase or words that have a unique meaning when linked:

Proximity: Searches one word nearby another word.

Case Sensitive:

Searching Specific Fields: Searches only specific parts of web pages, such as the words on the browser's title bar (the document's title) or the URL

Use Other Search Options

Google Advanced Search allows you to search by language, file format, date, domain, similar pages, pages that link to the page.

Relevance: The engine calculates how well the hits matches your search request and ranks them in order of relevance.

Query by Example: The engine has an option of asking for similar pages when you find a good hit.

Having trouble forming your search?

Use Many Terms: strawberry banana yogurt smoothie

Natural Language: When it is hard for you to design your search precisely, some engines allow you to ask for information as if you were thinking aloud.