Make your Google searches more effective and efficient.
1. Use key words instead of a question or sentence. Google uses all the words in your query to find results and using only the most important words will get you better results.
Try: Political cartoons Bernie Sanders
Not: Examples of some political cartoons about Bernie Sanders.
2. Use quotation marks around your search terms to search for an exact phrase. This will eliminate results that have just one of your search terms.
3. Use OR between your search terms to find web pages that include either one of your search terms.
bicycles OR bicyclists
climate change OR global warming
4. Add a - (minus sign) before a word to exclude results that use that word.
5. Use * (the asterisk) to find one or more missing words.
Electricity was discovered by * and *
6. Search for results from a specific site
"Black Lives Matter" site:chicagotribune.com
7. Search for results from a specific domain
car safety site:gov
8. Exclude all results from a specific web site
9. Search for a range of numbers using ... (an ellipsis)
"underground music" 1990...1995
10. Find web pages with all of your search terms in the title of the page by using allintitle: before your search
allintitle:most controversial political cartoons
Find more search tips on Google's Advanced Search page. This page also makes it easier to combine several of the search tips above.
Or, after getting your search results, click on the gear icon on the upper right corner of the results page, and select Advanced Search.
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