How to Google Like a Pro

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Google has modernised the way we search for information and results (remember Altavista and AskJeeves?). We can search for basically anything and have results in less than a minute. Unless of course what you want can’t be found on the first page or two of your google search.


To get the most out of your googling, here’s a few handy tips that we’ve compiled:


Exact Phrases

If you want to find an exact phrase when using google, use the quotation marks. This will look for exact word queries. Eg, “Apple info”




Excluding a word

By including a minus sign in your search you are able to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your search.

Eg, apple -store





Site Search

This trick allows you to search within a specific site for the content that you want.

Eg, onsite



You can also use this operator to specify a domain. So for instance, if you only wanted domains for high quality references, you can use




Time Ranges

Allows you to specify a specific time range. For example, use the following to search for results about Apple from between 2008 and 2011:

apple 2008..2011





File Type

Lets you search for specific file types when googling. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

filetype:pdf apple support