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Dig Deeper in Google


Use Advanced Search techniques Use Search Operators
Put phrases (including people’s names) in quotation marks

   “local theatre” “betty mitchell”

Use quotes to ensure that Google doesn’t search word variants

     “Calgary” if you don’t also want calgarian, calgarians, etc.

Search for alternate terms if you use brackets and OR

     Springbank (“off-stream reservoir" OR dam)

Combine terms by adding keywords
  •      "cancer researcher"  Alberta
  •      “election campaigns” “mount royal”
allintitle: Get fewer, better results with your keywords in the title of the webpage.

     allintitle:”municipal election” Calgary

inurl: Find descriptive terms in the URL.

     Minimum wage alberta inurl:report

     Minimum wage alberta inurl:statistics

doctype: Find files and documents embedded on webpages.

     Minimum wage alberta report doctype:pdf

site: Restrict your search to certain types of pages

  •      “cancer statistics”  
  •      graffiti
  •      “biodiversity”

Track the Spread of Information through Social Media

Search for the Source of Online Videos & Images

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