Search engine use:
- Google Guide and shortcuts for specific info, such as people, search-by-number, etc.
- Advanced operators
- Google to the max
- site: includes/excludes certain domains -- example
site:cornell.edu and its negation
-site:cornell.edu which will exclude a site.
- filetype: includes/excludes certain file types -- example
filetype:pdf the type can be
ps, pdf, doc, xls, ppt, rtf The negation will exclude a filetype -- example
- define: will return a definition -- example
- allintitle: searches only in parts of the web page -- example
allintitle: Bruce Land other specifiers are
allintext:, allinurl:, allinanchor:
- related: pages related to the target page -- example
- link: pages which link the target page -- example
- + sign forces a word to be used -- example
+LA times. Need this because LA is "the" in Spanish, which is automatically excluded.
- - sign forces a word NOT to be used -- example
~ sign enables synonyms
-- ~inexpensive matches
"inexpensive," "cheap," "affordable," and "low cost"
- ... elipsis allows a numeric range search -- example
It is instructive to occasionally search for your own credit card number or SSN using this feature.
- " " quotes cause a literal search. Try quote/unquote
"to be or not to be"
- Unquoted string is the same as Google's quoted string
- Use explicit AND/OR logic to combine words
- The asterisk (*), question mark (?), and dollar sign ($) are called wildcards because they can be included in a search term to represent unknown characters. The asterisk (*) represents any group of characters, including no characters. The question mark (?) represents any single character. The dollar sign ($) represents one character or no characters.
WebCrawler and DogPile Both combine searches from several search engines.
WaybackMachine Archived web pages from past years.
Alexa Web traffic ratings