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									                               Advanced Google Search Tips

Calculator:                                         Fill in the Blanks:
What it does: basic calculator functions            Symbol: *
What to type: 30% of 55, sqrt(4), etc.              What it does: treats the star as a placeholder for
What you’ll get: the answer                         any unknown term and then finds the best
Conversions:                                        What to type: Obama voted * on the * bill
What it does: converts units of measure             What you’ll get: stories about different votes on
What to type: 50 kg in lbs                          different bills
What you’ll get: the converted answer
                                                    Linked Pages:
Definitions:                                        Word: link:
Word: define:                                       What it does: searches for webpages that link to a
What it does: defines a word or phrase              particular website
What to type: define:necrosis                       What to type:
What you’ll get: links to definitions of the word   What you’ll get: websites that link to the USC
“necrosis”                                          Norris Medical Library website

Exact Phrase:                                       Multiple Words:
Symbol: “ ”                                         Word: OR
What it does: searches for an exact phrase          What it does: searches for webpages that include
What to type: "systemic-onset chronic               either word
rheumatoid"                                         What to type: allergies Zyrtec OR Claritin
What you’ll get: results that include the exact     What you’ll get: results with the word “allergies”
phrase "systemic-onset chronic rheumatoid"          and either “Zyrtec” or “Claritin”

Excluded Words:                                     Numerical Ranges:
Symbol: -                                           Symbol: …
What it does: excludes search results with a        What it does: searches for a range of numbers,
particular word or phrase                           dates
What to type: overweight therapy -obesity           What to type: HIV/AIDS 1980…1985
What you’ll get: results about overweight therapy   What you’ll get: results about HIV/AIDS during
that are not related to obesity                     the time period of 1980-1985

File Types:                                         Public Data:
Word: filetype:                                     What is does: presents public data
What it does: limit to specific file type           What to type: trend you want to explore plus city,
What to type: filetype:pdf                          country, state; e.g., population los angeles
What you’ll get: only PDF documents                 What you’ll get: population trends in Los Angeles
Search Exactly as is:                                   Other Notable Google Products
Symbol: + OR “ ”
What it does: matches the search word precisely         Google Books: search the contents of multiple
as you typed it (does not automatically search          books, or locate and read one particular book.
synonyms)                                               Includes a Find in a Library link so users may
What to type: +neoplasm OR “neoplasm”                   locate books at their local libraries.
What you’ll get: results with the exact word
“neoplasm” (instead of synonyms like “cancer”)          Google Chrome: web browser known for its
                                                        speed, security, and stability.
Word: time:                                             Google Docs: create new documents or import
What it does: displays time of specific city, region,   them from your computer, and share them with
country                                                 selected people worldwide.
What to type: time:Charleston, SC
What you’ll get: the current time for Charleston,       Google Flu Trends (in Google Labs): see up-to-
SC                                                      date estimates of flu activity in the United States
                                                        and Mexico.
Website Specific:
Word: site:                                             Google Images: includes options to limit your
What it does: searches only particular websites         image search by size, type, or color.
What to type: acupuncture site:edu OR
acupuncture                                Google Knol: knols are authoritative articles
What you’ll get: references to “acupuncture”            about specific topics, written by experts. Popular
found on .edu websites OR references to                 categories include health, science, and education.
acupuncture only from the CDC website
                                                        Google Reader: constantly checks selected
                                                        favorite news sites and blogs for new content and
  Advanced Google Scholar Tips                          displays the sites in one convenient place.

Author Search:                                          Google Squared (in Google Labs): locate and
Word: author:                                           organize facts from across the web. Google
What it does: limits search to specific author          Squared automatically constructs a table of facts
What to type: author:brennan                            about any category you specify.
What you’ll get: papers authored by Brennan
                                                        Google Trends (in Google Labs): see what the
Title Search:                                           world is searching for. Google Trends allows you
Word: intitle:                                          to enter up to five topics to see how often they’ve
What it does: returns results that include your         been searched on Google over time.
search term in the document’s title
What to type: intitle:cancer
What you’ll get: results with cancer in the title

Library Links:
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                                                                                       Updated by EB 6/09

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