The databases listed above in the Finding Articles tab are great resources, but there are times when searching the open web makes sense. For those times, here are a few ways to craft smarter, more focused searches on Google.
- Search Operators: Search operators are directions that tell Google specifically what to look for, so your search results will be more relevant. You can tailor your search by asking Google to do things like search a specific site or look for pages that mention any date in a range.
- Search Tools and Filters: Once you've searched using your keywords and search operators, search tools let you narrow down your results. There are search tools in the image search as well, so you can set the size, color, or image type to help limit your search.
- Advanced Search: The advanced search can really help narrow down your results. This search spells out how to use search operators and filter your results to get the most relevant hits.