Read the information below about using punctuation and symbols to get the best internet search results. This is not only for general search but also for academic search like Google Scholar. Then, use the skills you learned to find information about one of the sources mentioned in the previous topic 3.9 Summary of Grammar. To get a new Badge, add the information you found in a new discussion topic, then move on to the next lesson.
You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.
Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.
Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for site:nytimes.com will work, but site: nytimes.com won’t.
Refine image searches
Use filters like region or file type to narrow your results.
At the bottom, click Advanced Search.
Search for an exact image size
Right after the word you're looking for, add the text imagesize:widthxheight. Make sure to add the dimensions in pixels.
Common search techniques
Put @ in front of a word to search social media. For example: @twitter.
Put $ in front of a number. For example: camera $400.
Put # in front of a word. For example: #throwbackthursday
Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car
Put a word or phrase inside quotes. For example, "tallest building".
Put .. between two numbers. For example, camera $50..$100.
Put "OR" between each search query. For example, marathon OR race.
Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. For example, site:youtube.com or site:.gov.
Put "related:" in front of a web address you already know. For example, related:time.com.
Put "cache:" in front of the site address.
Important: Not all search operators return exhaustive results.