Google searches are NOT case sensitive.
Word order matters.
Every word matters.
Google ignores punctuation. Exceptions: @, $, #
Google does not allow truncation; it automatically stems keywords.
Search Tips and Tricks
OR OR or “|” pipe character (use OR in caps)
cats OR dogs
Quotation Marks for Phrases or exact matches (” “)
"united empire loyalist" "bunker hill"
Minus sign (-) to exclude terms from your search
site: search within a website
"Executive Order 9066" site:.gov OR site:.lc.gov
Wildcard symbol - the asterisk * : search for missing words between other terms
room * happens
filetype: limit your search by filetypes pdf, jpg, doc, ppt and more
"war relocation center" filetype:jpg
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related: to find pages with similar content
number range: number..number
civil war 1861..1865 (no spaces between the range of years)
intitle: and allintitle: restricts results to webpages with search words in the webpage title
intitle:japanese internment allintitle:topaz war relocation center
AROUND n: search terms are near each other within a certain number
dna AROUND 3 genealogy
After you perform a search and view the results, click on TOOLS and limit your search results by any of the following:
Size: Any size, large, medium, icon, larger than, exactly
Color : Any color, Full, Black and White, Transparent, or a specific color
Type: Face, Photo, Clip Art, Line drawing, Animated
Time: Any time, Past 24 hours, Past week, Custom Range
Usage Rights: Not filtered by license, Labeled for resue with restriction, Labeled for resue, and more.
More tools: All results, Show sizes
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Google books may offter the option to search within a book title. Select a book of interest and look for the search box to allow you to search inside the book. The box will appear on the left side of the screen or above the snippets views.
Other features of google books:
Get Print Book: links to sellers and Find in a Library
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Go to https://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en and sign in with your google account.
Enter your term(s) in the alert search box and modify the options as needed.
Options include: How often, Sources (Automatic, News, Blog, Web and more), Language, Region, How Many
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