Do you know these Google search shortcuts?

Is there a day that goes by where any of us don’t use Google? Most of us, though, just go there, type in some words, and let the search begin. There is a better way. In fact, there are a lot.

Here are some awesome little tips and tricks a researcher shared with me to help you do more precise and faster Google searches. I’ve used many of these, and they’ve saved me mounds of time…

To search the contents of a specific site, usesite:[name of site] “item to be searched” — for example, if you’re looking for information on, say, jazz club stories in the New York Times, it would look like this:

Jazz club



To find information containing an exact phrase, use quotes around the words. When you type in separate words, Google looks at the words as individuals and as a whole. To find, for example, specific information or documents about social media consultants, type this in:

Social Media Consultant



To find a specific file type
, key in filetype:[the type of file you want] “search term” — for example, if you want to find a pdf about agriculture trends, type in…

Agriculture trends




To search for pages or files from a specific author, type in author:[name] — so, to find information on Frank Sinatra written by veteran journalist Pete Hamill, you would do this…

Pete Hamill




To find the definition of something, type in define:[word] — for example, to learn what “cachexia” is, you’d type…




To add or take away a certain word from your search, you simply use the “+” or “-” signs. So, if you’re looking for Sony, but not Sony TVs, you’d do this:





If you want to find results on the iPhone that include the term “4S,” type this…





To find results on a certain type of domain, type in site:[.domain], followed by the term you want to search for. To find, for example, course catalogs from college sites, you’d do this…

Course catalog



This works with any type of domain, by the way… .com, .gov, .org, etc.

To find information from a specific date range, type in [search term] daterange:[date-date] — so, to find information on Martha Stewart published from 2008-2009, you’d do this…

Martha Stewart



Of course, we can go on and on here, but these are among the most useful search shortcuts. There are many more… POP QUIZ! Which of these techniques would you use to find more Google search shortcuts?

– Andy Badalamenti is the creative director for CI-Group.

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