Google Search: Tips & Tricks

1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

  • Put quotation marks around the desired word or phrase

2. How would you search for something on a specific site?

  • Include “site:” and your desired website in your search, e.g. “eid100” site:ryerson.ca

3. How would you correctly search for a definition?

  • Include “define:” before your search word, e.g. define: example

4. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

  • Search for your product and include a string “..” between the desired amounts, e.g. iPhone 6 $600..$800

5. How would you search for a specific filetype?

  • Add “filetype:” and the 3-letter file abbreviation for your desired file to your search, e.g. eid100 filetype:pdf

6. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

  • To include important words, put quotation marks around them, e.g. “organic” bananas
  • To ignore words use the minus sign (), e.g. -organic bananas

7. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?

  • Include “related:” before the site, e.g. related:ryerson.ca

8. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?

  • Indicate missing words in the quotation with an asterisk (*)

9. How would you search for pages containing two connected words?

  • Use a hyphen () to connect the two words

10. How would you search for social media content containing a specific tag?

  • Include a hashtag (#) before the specific tag in your search, e.g. #eid100
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