Google Searching Tips

by Allie H-S

Search Within a Specific Site

In your search, add site:[site address] if you only want results from one website. For instance, if you're looking for a Wikipedia page about walruses, search walruses

Search by File Type

Search for results that are specific types of files by adding filetype:[three-letter file abbreviation] to your search query. For a PDF about zebras, you might say this: zebras filetype:pdf

Keep Certain Words Out

If you only want pages without certain words to come up, precede each word you don't want with a -. If you want a salsa recipe, but have something against Jamie Oliver, you could search with this: salsa recipe -jamie -oliver

Find Related Pages!

If you have a certain webpage that you like, and you want to find similar things, enter related:[webpage URL]. Really love blogs about cats? Simply search

Web Definitions

Put define: in front of any word to get a definition. If you heard the word "sesquipedalian" on TV and don't know what it means, you can search define:sesquipedalian.


Every picture came from my own search from the Google homepage.

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"Search Tips & Tricks." Google. Google, n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013. <>.

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