Follow the directions below to improve your search results when using Google's basic search box. You can also use Google Advanced Search.
Enclose phrases and names in quotation marks. This will ensure that Google searches the words as a phrase, instead of as separate words. Put quotation marks around phrases, for example:
Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .org, .gov, .mil, or .com to minimize the number of commercial sites in your results. You can do this in Advanced Search or by adding either site:edu or site:org or site:gov to your search. To limit your results to a specific web site or domain, add site:domain name to your search terms, for example:
You can specify where your search terms appear -- for example, in the title of a web site -- by adding allintitle: to your search terms. For example:
You can focus your search further by combining advanced search features, for example:
Government agencies collect and analyze statistics on a variety of topics. You can try limiting a Google search to a government or nonprofit web site by adding site:gov or site:org to your search, for example:
"women's mental health" site:org
"National Institute of Mental Health" site:gov
For statistics or reports on a specific topic, try searching the websites of relevant government agencies, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Justice, etc. Here's a handy list of federal agency web sites from USA.gov: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/
Try these hacks (shortcuts) in the basic Google Search box to focus your results. Note : Not all search operators return exhaustive results.
Search social media
@ in front of a word to search social media. For example:
Search for a price
$ in front of a number. For example:
# in front of a word. For example:
Exclude words from your search
- in front of a word you want to leave out. For example,
jaguar speed -car
Search for an exact match
Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example,
Search within a range of numbers
.. between two numbers. For example,
OR" between each search query. For example,
marathon OR race.
Search for a specific site
site:" in front of a site or domain. For example,
Search for related sites
related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example,
See Google’s cached version of a site
cache:" in front of the site address.
Go beyond the basic Google Search box! Try the Advanced Search for more options. Here is the actual page for it: Google Advanced Search.
Starting from the Google Search Home Page: You'll have to dig for the Advanced Search since it is behind the Settings link on the main Google Search page.The Settings link is in the bottom right corner of the page. Choose Advanced Search from the menu options.
Starting from a basic search results list: If you've already done a search in the regular (basic) Google Search box and want to switch to the Advanced Search, then click the gear icon in the top right corner of the results page to get the menu that has the Advanced Search options.