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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to get better search results

Searching the internet for a topic can be difficult at times but there are some techniques to searching that usually render better results.

Google gives some tips in their help section and the above graphic I’ve included is from Google.

The basic ideas are that Boolean operators and math symbols help (AND, OR, ~, +, -, etc), use quotes when searching for a phrase, and you can use a * wildcard if necessary.

Google Shortcut
Finds Pages That Have...
nokia phone
the words nokia and phone
sailing OR boating
either the word sailing or the word boating
"love me tender"
the exact phrase love me tender
printer -cartridge
the word printer but NOT the word cartridge
Toy Story +2
movie title including the number 2
looks up the word auto and synonyms
definitions of the word serendipity
how now * cow
the words how now cow separated by one or more words
addition; 978+456
subtraction; 978-456
multiplication; 978*456
division; 978/456
% of
percentage; 50% of 100
raise to a power; 4^18 (4 to the eighteenth power)
old in new (conversion)
45 Celsius in Fahrenheit
site:(search only one website) "invisible web"
link:(find linked pages)
#...#(search within a number range)
nokia phone $200...$300
daterange:(search within specific date range)
Bosnia daterange:200508-200510
safesearch: (exclude adult content)
safesearch:breast cancer
info: (find info about a page)
related: (related pages)
cache: (view cached page)
filetype:(restrict search to specific filetype)
zoology filetype:ppt
allintitle: (search for keywords in page title)
allintitle:"nike" running
inurl:(restrict search to page URLs)
inurl:chewbacca (specific domain search),,, etc.
site:country code (restrict search to country) "rio de Janeiro"
intext:(search for keyword in body text)
allintext: (return pages with all words specified in body text)
allintext:north pole
book(search book text)
book The Lord of the Rings
phonebook:(find a phone number)
phonebook:Google CA
bphonebook: (find business phone numbers)
bphonebook:Intel OR
rphonebook:(find residential phone numbers)
rphonebook:Joe Smith Seattle WA
movie:(search for showtimes)
movie:wallace and gromit 97110
stocks:(get a stock quote)
weather:(get local weather)

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