If you've done any searching in Google, then you've probably found that the results can be quite varied and you may have had to sift through a lot of irrelevant content to find what you need.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you to harness Google's power to better meet your needs (click on the link to download a PDF version):
Use double quotation marks " " to look for an exact phrase or quote, e.g. to find results that contain the phrase "freedom of speech" (exact words, in the exact same order).
Use the dash/hyphen – before a word or site to exclude it from your search results, e.g. to search for information on hamburgers but exclude results from the McDonald’s website.
Use site:URL, e.g. to search for publications on climate change within the United Nations website.
Use site: if you only want to see results from a specific type of domain, such as: .org .gov or .edu
Use site:.gov.au (Australian government domain), e.g. to search for policy papers on climate change on Australian government websites.
Use filetype:[pdf/doc/xls/ppt… etc.] to limit results to a certain format, e.g. to search for documents on the topic of social media in PDF format.
Use intitle: [your search words], e.g. to search for web pages that have “climate change” in the title.