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Google Like a Law Librarian

Learn how to use advanced search features in Google searches for better results.

How to Google Like a Law Librarian

To "Google Like a Law Librarian" employ Google syntax and Google Search Operators to narrow and focus your search results. 

# - Find trending topics.

  • #snowden

@ - Find social tags.

  • @lsac

Google Search Operators - uses a Google search operator followed by a colon (:).

site: - Get results from certain sites or domains. Examples:

  • site:.edu - Add this to your search to limit your results to a school or university.
  • site:.gov - Add this to your search to limit your results to a government website.
  • site:.mil - Add this to your search to limit your results to a military website.

filetype: - Get results in a particular file format.  Examples:

  • filetype:pdf - Add this to your search to limit your results to only Adobe Acrobat files.
  • filetype:doc - Add this to your search to limit your results to only Microsoft Word files.
  • filetype:ppt - Add this to your search to limit your results to only Microsoft PowerPoint files.

link: - Find pages that link to a certain page.

  • link:law.hawaii.edu

related: - Find sites that are similar to a URL you already know.

  • related:law.hawaii.edu

info: - Get information about a site, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.

  • info:law.hawaii.edu