(A few handy tips to searching the web using Google)
Many of these tips apply to other search engines as well as Google.
Enter up to 10 keywords. Any keywords over the first 10 are generally ignored.
Don't use extremely common words like and, a, or it - these will be ignored.
Don't worry about upper or lower case. Google Search is not case sensitive.
Try and be specific, use more decriptive words, names and nouns. If your search returns a mass of results that aren't a close enough match, try narrowing your search down by entering more words. google will return pages containing all your keywords.
To get results which contain a complete phrase, enter the phrase in quotes. For example:
The default boolean beween keywords in Google (and for most other search engines) is AND. Booleans need to be entered in uppercase.
An example of AND searches:
For OR queries, the | or pipe operator can be used.
An example of OR searches:
If you want you search result to exclude certain words use the - operator. For Example:
The parenthesis operator can be used for hierachical logic when conducting searches. The best way to explain this is using and example:
There are a number of special search prefix words appended with a colon for producing specialised search results. These are called Special Syntaxes. Here are a couple of examples:
If you want to see the full list, check out Googles help pages.