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HCS102 Research Skills Guide: Using Google Effectively

Google Search Tips

Most databases recognise the same or similar search strategies to the ones listed above. The popular search engine Google has a few more additional features that most other search engines and databases. When searching Google you may like to remember the following tips.

Search Tip Example
Use a hyphen to exclude words (a NOT search) student -postgraduate
Use the pipe symbol in place of OR undergraduate|postgraduate
Use a colon to search an individual site or type of domain student
Find a page that links to another page
Use an * as a wildcard to replace a word in a phrase “Charles * University”
Search a number range to only retrieve results from particular years 2010...2017
Retrieve a definition of a word define:student
Limit your search to retrieving only documents in a particular format filetype:pdf

Using Google Effectively

Charles Sturt University acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which its campuses are located, paying respect to Elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples.

Charles Sturt University is an Australian University, TEQSA Provider Identification: PRV12018. CRICOS Provider: 00005F.