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FWS 121 Migration and the Modern City: Open Web Searching

Open Web - Advanced Searching Tips

The open web provides a plethora of resources for finding information about the place you've chosen to research.  Below are a few advanced Google searching tips:  

  1. Try using Google Advanced Search
  2. Include search terms like report OR analysis OR summary OR overview OR data
  3. Google ignores the word AND as a search operator. But, typing OR in all caps will find similar or related terms (e.g. migrants OR immigrants OR "urban migration").
  4. Search for a particular document type (e.g. southall indian population filetype:xls)
  5. Search at particular site (e.g. OR OR
  6. Search a particular domain (e.g. OR  OR  See a full list of country code domains).
  7. Exclude words by using the "-" sign in front of the word you wish to exclude (e.g. southall immigrants OR migrants  -ashley).

Outreach Librarian for the Social Sciences

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Justina Elmore
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