Hints and tips for Google:
Google defaults to using Boolean logic "and": i.e.
lobster applesauce searches for both lobster and applesauce
within a Web page.
Search for phrases using "": "scary roller
coaster" searches for the phrase "scary roller coaster"
within the search results.
Google uses stopwords; that is, words that are so common
they won't be included in a search. If you try searching for
"I must take the a-train" you will get over 30 results
because both I and a are stop words and Google will ignore
them. You can force Google to include a stopword within a
phrase by putting a + in front of it. "+I must take the
+a-train" will give you only three results.
You can also use + in non-phrase searches. a-train will get
you over 490,000 results, but +a-train will get you less than
You can use - to make sure that a certain result doesn't
appear in the site. +a-train -jazz gets you less than 70,000
results. You can use the - with phrases too: +a-train -jazz
-"train set" -"train ride" -"train
collecting" will also narrow your search down.
Here's something else you can try with Google. link: will
get you a list of pages that link to the URL you specify.
link:http://www.cnbc.com gets you a list of those pages that
link to CNBC.com . You can't add in anything else with this
search, though: +link:http://www.cnbc.com +"squawk box"
doesn't change the results at all.
Special super-secret syntax! site: will search for keywords
in a particular domain. For example,
will find instances of the word "search" on the