How To Search/Google

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Google

  • Audience: All Internet users.
  • Scope: The Internet. All documents that Google's web crawling software can process.
  • Refresh Rate: Constant

Boolean OperatorsEdit

Boolean Operators
Boolean
Operator
Syntax Example
AND {Default}
skunk tomato
OR OR
skunk OR tomato
NOT -
skunk -tomato

Other OperatorsEdit

Other Operators
Syntax Example Description
""
"skunk smell removal"
phrase search
+
skunk + and tomato
include a common word that Google usually does not search; force search of exact form of a certain word
~
~auto loan
synonymous search
*
red * blue
separated by one or more words
1..100
"abraham lincoln" 1860...1861
number range search

Search FieldsEdit

Search Fields
Syntax Example Description
site:
site:wikibooks.org "how to search"
domain restrict
link:
link:www.wikibooks.org
sites that link to the specified site
inurl:
inurl:wikibooks
url restrict
filetype:
sociology filetype:pdf
search for a particular filetype
date:
xenotransplantation date:6
searches a range of months; 6 in the example
safesearch:
safesearch: sex education
filters adult content
info:
info: www.wikibooks.org
information about a site
related:
related: www.wikibooks.org
finds related sites
phonebook:
phonebook:John Doe
searches for phone numbers related to the address or person's name

Other FeaturesEdit

Google also allows a number of searches which can only be done using templates on their advanced search screen. Other features not directly impacting search results include interface language, number of results, and results window.

Other Features
Feature Description Example Further Information
Calculator Allows calculations to be done from the search box.
45*12
Many further scientific calculations can be done using Google, not all of which are documented.
Calculator Conversions
12 kilograms in pounds
Further examples:

12 in hexadecimal
1 the speed of light in mph
60 GBP in USD
answer to life the universe and everything
0b00111001 in roman numerals

Definitions Defines words
define:numeral
define:marmalade
Alternate speller Searches for alternate spellings of words
word
Can be turned off by prepending the word with + . Compare Mihajlović (will found references both to Mihajlović and Mihajlovic) with +Mihajlović (only Mihajlović).

External LinksEdit

Last modified on 11 February 2012, at 16:23