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Communication and Digital Studies: Internet Sources

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Communication

Policy Issues

Associations

Google Tricks

Tips and tricks for Google searches

Use quotation marks for exact words or phrases.

  • For example, “global warming” (to search global warming as a phrase rather than two separate words).

Use OR to search for one word or the other. Google will find pages that match either of the two words.

  • Example: attorneys OR lawyers

Use site: to search within a site or domain (no space after colon).

  • Example: “global warming” site:nytimes.com
  • Example: climatology site:.gov

Use a minus sign (a hyphen) to exclude a word or phrase from a search. 

  • Example: jaguar speed -car;
  • Example: “global warming” -site:wikipedia.org

Use allintitle: to show results with word(s) in the title (no space after colon).

  • Example: allintitle:“global warming”
  • You can also use allinurl to find pages that have your search terms in their URLs.

Use related: to search for sites similar to ones you know (no space after colon).

  • Example: related:nbc.com

Use link: to find sites linked to a particular web page (no space after colon).

  • Example: link:freelancestar.com
  • Example: link:pbs.org

 Use filetype: to restrict results to certain file type (no space after colon).

  • Example: climatology filetype:pdf

Use two periods without spaces to search for a number range, such as dates, prices, and measurements.

  • Example: “test scores” 2013..2014
  • Example: microwaves $100..$300

You can also use a Google Advanced Search to construct your search.