Use AND to require all terms. Example:
peanut butter AND jelly
OR will give a match with any of the terms.
Example: football OR baseball OR soccer
Note: for AND, just putting the words together gives the same results,
but it can be useful when combining AND with OR for complex searches. |
is a shortcut to use instead of OR.
- Exact Match with Quotes
Quotes will return an exact match of the phrase, meaning everything
must appear when a match occurs. Example:
"John J. Smith"
- Exclude Words with a Dash You can prevent certain words from appearing anywhere on a search
results page by using the - operator. Here
is an example to return pages about jaguar cats, but not related to the
famous car company: Example:
- Search Inside a Website with Site
If you only want results from a single website, use the site
command. Example: geometry
You can also combine this with the * to get general types of sites, like
only educational websites Example: geometry
- Find matching page titles with intitle
Search for pages that have a title description matching your search
term with intitle. This is useful for getting content more
focused on your term. Example:
- URL Matching
Use inurl to find pages that match your keyword as part of their
url. Example: inurl:math
You can use allinurl to match the entire part of the url and not
just the main domain. Example: allinurl:math
- Find Related Sites
You can find sites similar to the one you enter using the related
command. Example: related funbrain.com
- Wild Card Searches with *
Search for a phrases with different words wherever you have *
in them. Example: "* is the best ice cream
- Find Sites that Link to Another Site
The link keyword can help you find sites that link to specific site:
Example: link: kidzsearch.com
- Number Ranges with ..
Use .. to see sites that have numbers
inside of that range. Here is an example that searches for bicycles with
prices between $50 to $200 Example: bicycles:
- Filetype to Specify Types of Documents
This command lets you get specific types of documents, such as finding a
Example: filetype:pdf constitution
- Spelling and Capitalization
Unless you are doing an exact match with quotes, don't worry too
much about spelling, grammar or capitalization. Most punctuation is
ignored. Capitalizing Texas is the same as just using "texas". If you spell something incorrectly,
the most likely correctly spelled search will be returned, but you still
have the option of using your original spelling by clicking on the
"Search instead" link. The autocomplete dropdown list can help you with spelling.
- General Advice
Start out using the least number of terms and only the most
important words you want to see in the results. You can later add more
descriptive terms to improve it.
- Online Search Training
Try our Boolify Search Training System for free online search training.
- Voice Search
If you see a microphone symbol next to the search box and are using a supported browser, like Chrome or Edge, you can click on the mic icon and just start speaking your search. You may need to manually click on a permission symbol on the right side of the url bar to give access to your microphone. See our Voice Search Guide for more information.