Become a Google expert
Google is probably the search engine that you are most familiar with but most of us only use a fraction of Google's full potential.
On this page we'll show you some ways to improve your Google searching skills in order to retrieve more useful search results for your research.
Use the search box below to try some of these modifiers to help refine your searches and get better results.
What it does:searches for an exact phrase
What to type: "I have a dream"
What you'll get: results that include the exact phrase "I had a dream"
What it does: excludes search results with a particular word or phrase
What to type: apple -fruit
What you'll get: results about Apple that are not related to fruit
What it does: searches for a word and all its synonyms
What to type: ~mobile phone
What you'll get: results with "phone" and also "cell", "cellular" etc.
What it does: searches for pages that include either word
What to type: diving Tioman OR Redang
What you'll get: results with "Diving" and either "Tioman" or "Redang"
What it does: defines a word or phrase
What to type: define:ubiquitous
What you'll get: links to definitions of "ubiquitous"
What it does: searches only particular websites
What to type: robotics site:.edu
What you'll get: references to robotics found on .edu websites
What it does: searches for webpages
What to type: link:tts.edu.sg
What you'll get: websites that link to the tts.edu.sg website
Access Google Advanced Search for many more options to improve your search.
Watch the video below to learn 10 tips and tricks to improve your Google searches
You have already learnt how to use Boolean operators for databases but they work slightly differently in Google:
AND - Is automatically included between every word you add to the Google search box so there's no need to include it.
OR - Works in exactly the same way in both databases and in Google
NOT - In Google you need to use the symbol - instead of the word NOT
Explore the interactive site, Boolify, to find out more about using Boolean operators in Google...