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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 site:gov.au
Find a page that links to another page link:csu.edu.au
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