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Google search hints

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Here are some instructions on finding more relevant information from Google while reviewing the literature.

Google search terms of interest:

  • use quotes for exact matches: "search term"
  • use around(2) for words close to each other: search around(2) term
  • use - to prevent results: "search term" -semester
  • use specific units: search term kWh
  • search a specific domain: search term site:gov
  • search a specific site: search term site:lifehacker.com
  • search by file type: search term filetype:pdf
  • only find in title: intitle:search term
  • Mix and match those to find what you are looking for
  • see lifehacker and this cheat sheet for more


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