Use these tips for finding more relevant results using Google.

  • Use important words ONLY (keywords)
  • Try synonyms for important keywords​
  • Use the ADVANCED Google Search and use the following filters to help narrow your list of results!
    • Language
    • Region
    • Last updated date
    • Site or domain 
    • Where the search terms appear on the page
    • SafeSearch
    • File type
    • Usage rights (find pages that you have permission to use)
  • Start with a basic phrase, then slowly add keywords as needed:​​
    • First try: job interviews
    • Second try: prepare for job interviews
    • Third try: how to prepare for a job interview

Common Search Techniques: 

Search social media
  • Put @ in front of a word to search social media. For example: @twitter.
Search for a price
  • Put $ in front of a number. For example: camera $400.
Search hashtags
  • Put # in front of a word. For example: #throwbackthursday
Exclude words from your search
  • Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match
  • Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, "tallest building".
Search within a range of numbers
  • Put .. between two numbers. For example, camera $50..$100.
Combine searches
  • Put "OR" between each search query. For example, marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
  • Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. For example, or
Search for related sites
  • Put "related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example,

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