Google became synonymous with web searching. It is famous for its simple search box, but Google also has more sophisticated tools for a power searcher.
This guide is created with a business student in mind, but may be used by anyone. Our focus is not on simple fact finding, but on locating information relevant in the business context, e.g. market research reports, industry and company data, statistics, and more.
Get more focused results from your search box with these selected operators:
search keywords next to each other as a phrase, e.g. "food truck"
|*||a wildcard or a placeholder, e.g. "market * report"|
use the dash to exclude (no space after -), e.g. moon landing -hoax -site:.com
number range (no spaces), e.g. "2000..2010"
..2000 dates or numbers less than / before 2000
2000.. dates or numbers greater than / after 2000
search one or another keyword, e.g. "Latin America" OR "South America"
limit your search to a specific site (no space after :), e.g. "food trucks" site:sanantonio.gov site:.gov (for government sites only)
|filetype:||limit your search to files with specific extensions, such as PDFs, PPT, etc, e.g. "food trucks" site:santonio.gov filetype:pdf|
the term appears in URL
the term appears in the title of the webpage
|AROUND(#)||search terms within # words of each other (proximity), e.g. defibrillator AROUND(5) law|