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How to Get the Most Out of Google Search

How to get the most out of Google searches.


It's the quickest and easiest way to get good search results. What you may not know is that you can get a lot more out of Google than a quick search. This guide describes how to get the best out of Google searches and much more.

For instance, did you know that:

  • You can set Google up to alert you for new results in a search?
  • Save Word documents to Google and access them anywhere you can access Google?
  • Make your own Google Maps?
  • Take your favorites and bookmarks with you?

Top Google Tricks

Google is so easy to use you don’t have to be an expert to get great search results, but here are some top tips that will help get rid of the stuff you don’t want:


Use quotes around any set of words sought as a phrase (these words in this order). This is especially useful when searching for proper names so you don’t get results where the two words are on the page but unrelated.

Compare Gerald Ford to "Gerald Ford".


- can be used to exclude terms.

Compare Matisse to Matisse –network.

3. Synonyms & OR

Use synonyms--try to think of several different ways that your search term or concept could be stated. Combine the terms with or. Or must be in caps or it is ignored.

Compare multicultural to multicultural OR cultural diversity.

4. Google Site Search

Did you know that you can restrict your search to just one specific site ? This kind of search comes in handy when you are pretty sure the information exists on a site, but you can’t find it. To use it, enter your search tem(s) and site:sitedomain.

Compare "mla style" to "mla style"

5. Search Social Media

Juts put @ in front of the social media site that you want to search such as @twitter or @facebook and combine with your search term. 

Try cats @instagram

6. Google Advanced Search

Site search is just one of the features of Google Advanced. With Advanced you can limit results by language, region, domain, and much more. The options available can really make a difference.

Use Google Search Tools

Search Tools will appear on your results page after you've searched. You can narrow down your search to videos, books, places and much more. It's a great time saver.

1. Under the search box, use options like Images or News to filter your results. Find even more options under More.


2. For even more options, cllick on Search tools. Available options will vary based on your search and the filters you've already used, so you won't see the same options every time.

3. If you don't like your results after you've applied a filter, you can go back to standard unfiltered Google results, click Web at the top of the search results page. To remove any filters you've added through Search tools, click Clear.

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