Advanced Searches You Should Know How to Use

Here are a few advanced searches that are incredibly valuable:

1. “quoting phrases” will search for the words within the quote in only that order. This is especially valuable when searching for people.

2. Searching within a site: twitter brings back pages from this site that include the term “twitter”

3. -negatives Throw a minus sign in front of a word to filter out results including that term. Say, you’re interested in the Olympics, but not gymnastics, diving, or equestrian. No problem: olympics -gymnastics -diving -equestrian

4. Top level domains: Want to find out what government agencies are saying about global warming? Try this: site:gov “global warming”

5. Google Alerts: Take searches that interest you and track them using Google Alerts. Whenever Google discovers something new on the web matching your search criteria they’ll email it to you.

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