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Google Search Tips
Search for particular file types
Do you only want PDF or Excel files or Word documents? Search for your topic and “filetype:” to filter results. Example: barley filetype:pdf Do you know you do not want a certain type of file type? Add a dash (-) before “filetype”. Example: barley –filetype:pdf
To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type “define:” followed by a word. Example: define philosophy
Exclude a word
Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for synonyms like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal. Example: jaguar speed –car
Search within a site or domain
Include "site:" to search for information within a single website like all incidences of the word "Olympics" on the New York Times website. Example: Olympics site:nytimes.com ALSO: search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .edu or country top-level domain like .de or .jp. Example: Olympics site:.gov
A wide variety of unit conversions can easily be done using the search bar including currency (like dollars in euros), inches in centimeters, cups in liters and more. Use the format below. Example: 1000 feet in miles
Search for a specific phrase in Google
Use quotes to search for a specific phrase (or sequence of words) Example: “to be or not to be”
To restrict searches to key words in the title
The title of a webpage is in the first line of Google’s search results for a page. There is only one title in a webpage and to restrict your search to just the title use allintitle: Example: allintitle: research oil Note: When using allintitle: do not include any other search operators.