Practical Google Search Tips for Students

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Here is a handy visual you can use with your students in class to help them become better Google searchers. We have outlined 8 search tips that students can use to narrow down their search and get accurate results. All of these tips are nested in Google Advanced Search which is accessible from 'settings' in Google search homepage. This visual is also available in PDF format from this page.

1- Search for the exact word or phrase:
Insert the word or phrase in quotes: "happy face"

2- Search for any of these words:
Insert or between the word: cat or feline

3- Exclude these words
Put the - minus sign before the word or phrase: - Albert

4- Search for pages in specific format
Click on 'any format' and choose the file type you want.

5- Limit your search to a specific site
Insert the URL of the site you want to search in the box next to 'site or domain'.

6- Narrow your search by time posted
Click on 'anytime' next to 'last update' and select one of the options there

7- Search for pages published in a specific region
Click on 'any region' next to 'region' and choose one of the options there.

8- Search for pages in a specific language
Click on 'any language' next to 'language' and choose one of the options there.

  8 Practical Google Advanced Search Tips for Students