These sheet contains several modifiers that you can use to get better search results
” “ EXACT PHRASE
What it does: Searches for an exact phrase
What to type: “one small step for man”
What you’ll get: webpages that include the exact phrase “one small step for man”
– EXCLUDED WORDS
What it does: Excludes webpages with a particular word or phrase
What to type: bass – fishing
What you’ll get: Results about bass that are not related to fishing
~ SIMILAR WORDS
What it does: Searches for a word and all of its synonyms
What to type: “mobile phone
What you’ll get: Results with the word “phone” as well as “cell,” “wireless,” etc.
OR MULTIPLE WORDS
What it does: Searches for webpages that include either word
What to type: books urban fiction Or street fiction
What you’ll get: Webpages that contain the word “book” and either “urban fiction” or “street fiction”
… NUMERICAL RANGES
What it does: Searches for a range of numbers, such as years or prices
What to type: Barack Obama 2000…2006
What you’ll get: Webpages that discuss Barack Obama during this time period.
define: FIND MEANINGS
What it does: Defines a word or phrase
What to type: define: bankruptcy
What you’ll get: links to definitions of the word “bankruptcy”
site: SITE SPECIFIC
What it does: Searches only particular websites
What to type: financial literacy site: edu
What you’ll get: References to financial literacy on .edu (college maintained) websites.
2 more shortcuts*
Once your search has produced a website to review, here are two useful commands to make it easier to find what you want on the site. “These are not Google com.mands, but keyboard shortcuts.
What it does: Finds your exact search term within the text of a webpage.
What to type: Hold down the CTRL key and the letter F (CTRL+F). This will bring up a search box, in which you type what you need to find “money”
What you’ll get: Every instance of the word “money” on that particular site.
CTRL+ CTRL- ZOOM PAGE
What it does: Changes the size that the webpage displays on your screen.
What to type: CTRL+ makes the webpage bigger. CTRL makes webpage smaller.
What you’ll get: Bigger or smaller webpages to make them easier to view.