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The wildcard operator

Why use the wildcard operator?

Sometimes you may want to find a phrase, but you either don’t know all parts of it exactly, or you would like to see multiple variations in the results. In this case, you can use the wildcard operator (*)—also called the ‘asterisk’, ‘star’, or ‘fill-in-the-blank operator’—to stand in for words that you do not know.

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Number range operator

Why use the number range operator?

Sometimes when you are looking for information, you want to find a number that falls somewhere within a range. Maybe you don’t know precisely what number you are looking for, or perhaps you just need something

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Finding related pages

Why use the related: operator?

When you start researching a new subject area, it can sometimes be difficult to understand what sources are available for your topic. But, if you can find one, highly relevant page, you can use the related: operator to find other pages that are related topically, or at least contain a lot of overlapping vocabulary.

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Operator combinations

Why should you combine operators?

In this lesson we will talk about methods for combining operators in your searches. Combining operators is a great way to home in on the kind of search results you want. Through the use of various operators (e.g., filetype:minus operatorwildcardOR, and so on), we have

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Using site structure

Why use site structure?

During this lesson, we are going to discuss how to make the structure of websites and web addresses work for you. When you are doing online search, pay close attention to the websites you visit, how they are structured, and how information is displayed on the page. Websites are usually arranged into directories of information that are organized around topics,

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Google Scholar

Why use Google Scholar?

Sometimes you want to target information created by and for the scholarly world. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books,

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Google News / News Archive

Why use Google News?

This lesson focuses on using Google News to learn about current events and do archival research.

Google News allows you to read, filter, and search for news from newspapers and news blogs around the world.

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Why use Google Patents?

Google Patent Search offers a collection of full-text scans of United States and European Patent Office filings that you can search and read for free.

Accessing Google Patents

In Google Web Search,

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Book Search for research

Why use Google Books?

To date, Google Books has scanned over 20 million books and magazines. That is an immense amount of content that you can search, read, and locate in the physical world.

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Search settings

Why use your search settings?

In this lesson, we're going to be talking about how to customize Google Search for you.

You can tell Google how you want it to operate when you search by specifying your Search settings. To save your settings, you must be

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Verbatim and Double-quote

Why use quotes and Verbatim?

Sometimes it is incredibly useful to be able to control how Google Search interprets your query.

The easiest way to do this is by either using quotation marks around a single word or theVerbatim mode. These tools provide an easy way to search for only

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Searching your web history

Why use your Web History?

This lesson is about how to search your own Web History.

When you have Web History turned on in your search settings, you are able make use of several options to ease your research process, including:

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Custom Search Engines

Why use Google’s Custom Search Engine?

Google’s Custom Search Engines (CSE) are a handy tool for allowing you to make your own special Google search. A CSE is basically a way of taking a query and allowing it to only search part of the internet.

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Google Alerts

Why use Google Alerts?

If you really love whale sharks, you might want to know whenever Google finds a new source that talks about them.

Google Alerts allow you to monitor the web for new information on a particular topic.

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Context terms

What are context terms?

This lesson is about using context terms in your queries. A context term is a word in your query that is not part of the topic but instead clarifies the kind of result you want. It is a term that:

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