Advanced Internet Searching for the Extra-Curious

The internet is chock full o' curiosities, and if you're curious like I am, a plain old Google search just ain't gonna cut it.

It's true that often, when I’m looking stuff up online, I just throw a few words into Google and see what happens. Actually, most of the time that will actually work just fine. But sometimes a search requires a little more finesse in order to dig up really good results.

Did you know you can use Google to search within a website?

Did you know using quotation marks around two or more words creates a search for those words next to one another, and in that exact order?

A simple minus sign before a word in your search prevents results containing that word.

Here are a few practice searches:

Search for (trust me on this, you're going to get sharks, and other things):
great white

Then search for (the minus sign will get rid of results about Great White, the 80s hair band):
great white –band

Search for (results will be all over the place):
library fines

Finally, search for (site: followed by a web address searches within a site):

Fun huh? If you want to find out more fancy search strategies, consider attending our new Advanced Internet Searching class at the end of May!

It’s going to be fantastic, but don’t worry if you can’t make it. There’s lots of fabulous stuff online you can do to sharpen your searching skills. Visit A Google A Day, every day. Or take Google’s Search Education Online courses at your own pace.

Otherwise, I’ll see you in class!

Advanced Internet Searching
Wednesday, May 29
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Level 4, Central Library
Large Classroom

Written by Melanie on May 15, 2013


Anonymous on May 15, 2013


I've added Google A Day to my list. Thanks!

Melanie on May 15, 2013


Excellent! It's great practice!

Cori J on May 16, 2013


Hey Melanie,
Do I just show up or do I have to sign up thru myTRACKS? This class sounds awesome!!

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