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How To Use Google To Search

How To Use Google To Search

Seems like it would be obvious, doesn’t it? Usually it is, but type of search and query syntax require a bit more knowledge. If in need, they are worth the extra effort.

So many choices! Which Google search to use?

Start with regular Google search. By “regular”, I am referring to the bread-and-butter of search engines, Google universal search. You can find search syntax here, How to use Google universal search. That Search Engine Land post describes specific Google search options, by file type and subject matter, such as Image, Video, News, Shopping, and Travel, see below.

Google universal search screen shot example

Google Universal Search

This detailed guide maintained by Google describes the meaning of each item returned on the search results pages. It is a great resource!

Try Google Blog Search and Books too. [Update: Blog Search has been discontinued.]

Google search

Special searches and more

For more subtle or granular inquiries, Google provides special searches. I wrote a detailed post on Google special search syntax a few weeks ago.

Google maintains a search resource page of documents for localization help, page removal from the index, and all sorts of specific user support FAQs.

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