|earch for an exact word or phrase
|Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. This option is handy when searching for song lyrics or a line from literature.
[ “imagine all the people” ]
Tip: Only use this if you’re looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
|Exclude a word
|Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for synonyms like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
[ jaguar speed -car ] or [ pandas -site:wikipedia.org ]
Tip: You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site.
|Search within a site or domain
|If you are looking for more results from a certain website, include “site:” in your query. For example, you can find all mentions of “Olympics” on the New York Times website like this:
[ Olympics site:nytimes.com ]
Tip: Also search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .edu or country top-level domain like .de or .jp.
|Include a “fill in the blank”
query * query
|Use an asterisk (*) within a query as a placeholder for any unknown or “wildcard” terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.
[ “a * saved is a * earned” ]
|Search for either word
query OR query
|If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.
[ olympics location 2014 OR 2018 ]
Tip: Enclose phrases in quotes to search for either one of several phrases.
|Search for a number range
|Separate numbers by two periods (with no spaces) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.
[ camera $50..$100]
Tip: Use only one number with the two periods to indicate an upper maximum or a lower minimum.