Search Engine Tips

 

Operator

Description

Examples

Explanation

Space or +

Use the space or plus operator when you want to search results to display hits that include specific words.

art+ music

art music

Results have both words art and music in any order.

OR

Use OR operator when you want to search results to display hits that include only one word from a list.

Dog OR puppy

 

Dog OR puppy OR canine

Results have either dog or puppy.

Results have the word dog or puppy or canine.

-

Use minus operator when you want to exclude a word from your search results.

Automobile-convertible

Results include automobile but do not include convertible.

“ “

Use quotation marks operator when you want to search for an exact phrase in a certain order.

“19th century literature”

Results include only hits that have the exact phrase, 19th century literature.

*

Use asterisk operator when you want search results to substitute characters in place of the asterisk.

Writer*

Results include any word that begins with writer (e.g., writer, writers, writer’s).