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Using Google Advanced Search
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In the search bar type:
“global warming” site:.gov
“global warming” site:www.epa.gov
“global warming” site:.edu
“global warming” site:www.upenn.edu
To search for a specific file type, pdf, xls, doc, ppt, ...
"undocumented immigrants" filetype:pdf
egyptian pyramids filetype:ppt
Use limits like intitle: or intext: to focus your search results
intitle:voter (the word voter must be in the title of the page)
allintitle:voter fraud (the words voter & fraud must appear in the title of the page)
- Using * as a wildcard operator when searching will search for missing words within your search phrase. For example: Remember, remember, the * of *
- Google automatically searches for similar spellings (not synonyms) when you perform a search. For example: diet, dietary, and diets.
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