Here are some of the advanced search features available in the Google search engine. Using these can help you to improve the relevancy of your search results. Each example below has a live link that will demonstrate the search in Google.
" " (double quotes)
|Use these to search for a phrase or an exact word match (not synonyms)|
|"metabolic syndrome" "college students"|
|"grammy award winners" 2014|
|Searches within a specific domain or website. Keep in mind that anyone can register and post information on a .com, .net, .org domain. Sites that end in a .gov, .edu, or .mil have specific registration requirements, so websites on those domains are more controlled.|
|climate change site:edu|
|atlanta snow storm 2014 site:gov|
|site:cnn.com california drought|
|statistics population Pennsylvania site:gov OR site:edu|
- (minus sign)
|Place a minus sign in front of a search word to get results that do not include that word.|
|"federal reserve" -greenspan|
|"hillary clinton" -"bill clinton"|
|"domestic drones" -site:gov|
When using Web Sources:
Look for an "About Us," "Mission," or "Contacts" to find out more about the organization.
Check for sources, like "Footnotes" or "References."
No author? Try finding a better site that will tell you a bit more about who is responsble for publishing the information.
Many of the Library Databases link to web sites that have been evaluated and are extremely credible:
The search engines below provide web sites that have been evaluated by librarians based on the five main criteria: coverage, accuracy, authority, objectivity and currency.