is NOT case sensitive – no
need to capitalize letters. DO NOT use “And” to
connect words. Use quotation marks (“ “)
to search for a phrase. Example: “global
2. Use the “Exact
wording or phrase” field
to search for a specific combination of words.
Example: give me liberty or give me death (there
is no need to include quotation marks.)
3. Use the “One
or more of these words” field
to incorporate words with similar meaning.
Example, movies OR films OR “motion pictures.”
4. Use the “But don’t show pages…” field
to exclude terms that are not relevant to your
topic. For example, if you are looking for
information on the Harry Potter books and want
to exclude information about the Harry Potter
movies, add the terms movie, film, etc., in
the unwanted words field.
5. Use the “Search
within a site or domain” field
to limit your search to a specific internet
domain. Example: .edu for education sites,
government sites, or enter an entire URL to
search within an individual site.
6. Use the “Where
your keywords show up” field
to limit your search to terms that appear
in a specific area of a Web site.
Example: “In the title of the page,” “In
the text of the page,” “In the
URL of the page.”
useful search options include date, language,
file type (PDF, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.),
and geographic region. Also
Search Tips for further details.