Google Search Secrets Explored

Nov 9, 2012 update: A helpful NYTs piece covers some basic search tips for the major search engines.

Here’s a great article by John Tedesco (a reporter) that details the best way to use regular old Google search to find what you need. I learned a lot from this post, including that “AND” is not regarded as a boolean operator, but “OR” is. In the same vein, a “-” in front of a word will remove it from results, but a “+” sign in front will not include. Instead, use the intext command.

This is another helpful search blog that the above article links to.

And here’s Google’s Search Features page. It contains a lot of interesting targeted searches, including a reference tools section, which has a box to search public data directly.

Update: John’s blog pointed me to this news: Google will now offer online training in how to become a “power” searcher.

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