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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