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Google Search Tips: Search Operators

Search operators

Operator Description Examples
""

Exact phrase search

  • Search for words in the order as typed.
  • Type double quotes at the beginning and end of the phrase.

"citizen science"

"maui no ka oi"

"As you like it"

+

Include word(s) in the results

  • Type a plus sign before the word or phrase to include.
  • A space must be placed before the plus sign but not after it.
  • Use this operator to include stop words in the results.
    • earthquake +LA California  

turbine +"Pelton wheel"

Picasso +Guernica

-

Exclude word(s) in the results

  • Type a minus sign before the word or phrase to exclude.
  • A space must be placed before the minus sign but not after it.

 

violin music +sonata -concerto

football -soccer -rugby

site:

Restrict search to a particular domain or website

  • Search top level domains such as .edu, .org, .com, .gov, .net
  • Search within a specific website
  • Search within a specific country's domain.

Find volunteer opportunities in Maui at non-profit companies.

volunteering Maui site:.org

Find information from the UHMC about scholarships.

scholarships site:maui.hawaii.edu

Find international business jobs in China.

"international business" jobs site:.cn