This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT).
Did you know that you can use a few techniques to make your Google searches more accurate? Limiting your searches can help to weed out the superfluous information and help you search like a professional – here’s a few examples:
|Technique||Show me||Link to results|
|Using “speech marks” we can tell Google to only return search results that contain the exact phrase with the words in the order they are typed.||Searching with speech marks|
|Alternatively, if you want to search for a number of words but you don’t mind in what order they appear use the ‘+’ symbol.||Searching with the + sign|
|Finally, if you know that you need to find a particular page or phrase on a specific website, use the site search tool. This will restrict Google to searching only within the specified website.||Search a specific website|
Click the links above to see how the three variations of the same search return different results.