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Course & Subject Guides
This research guide was created with the assistance of Josefine Cresswell, MLIS Intern, Hillman
Library, University of Pittsburgh 2010-11.
Using Google Efficiently
The site command: searching within a type of site or only a specific site.
Use it this way:
competitive intelligence site:.edu
literary magazines site:pitt.edu
Exclude a term
Use it like this:
giants -"san francisco"
Use it like this and capitalize OR to broaden your search and include those terms:
8mm schumacher (dvd OR vhs)
Pittsburgh Steelers 1974 OR 1975
All of Google's search services (Images, Web, Videos, Scholar, Books, etc.) have an advanced search option.
Use search short cuts
These will appear at the top of your searches if you use these words in your search.
* Local Businesses
* Unit Conversion
* Movie Times
* Sports Scores
* Flight Tracker
* Stock Quotes
* Currency Conversion
* Cooking Conversions
* Fill in the Blank
* Package Tracking
* Area Codes and Zip Codes
* Public Data
Test Your Google Search Skills
A Google a Day
"There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer."
Usage Rights Search
Take advantage of the Google usage rights filters on the Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search pages to find web content (such as text, videos, or images) you can reuse, share, or modify.
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