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Google - intitle: - allintitle: - and using quotes

Google commands include using quotes around a string of words to search for a phrase or around a single word simply to insure Google looks for that word.  The command intitle: allows you to search for words in the title of a website.

 

Here are a few of the most useful and heavily used Google search commands:

"quotes"   putting words in quotes will lock in a phrase

e.g.            the Google search: "North Carolina"      will look for that exact state

                   the Google search: North Carolina        
                  might find North Dakota and South Carolina

               

              

intitle:        looks for a particular word or phrase (but not all words) in the title of the website

e.g.            LibGuide  intitle:"civil war"    

This search looks for "civil war" in the title but not the word LibGuide

e.g.            "digital archive"    intitle:slavery

This search looks for slavery in the title of the website but not the phrase "digital archive"

Be sure the word or phrase is immediately adjacent to the command intitle: (no spaces)   

This command should be typed in lower case letters.

   

    

allintitle:    asks for all words and phrases to be found in the title of the website

e.g.            allintitle:  baseball   "digital archive"   Yankees

Note - phrases and words do NOT need to be adjacent to the allintitlecommand

This command should be typed in lower case letters.

     

Advanced Google Searching

     Link to Google Advanced Search.  Try searching for "digital archive" in the title.

     

LibGuides

Google the word libguide as well as your topic of interest allows you to locate high quality resources carefully curated by librarians.

 

LibGuides are websites - put together by librarians - that focus on particular topics.  While some (much) of the content may be restricted to a particular campus or library - many LibGuides will also list free (open access) materials under categories such as "internet resources" - "websites" - "digital collections" - "digital libraries".

If I was looking for digital archives on the history Native Americans I might try various Google searches such as:

  • libguide  intitle:"internet"   "native american"  site:.edu
     
  • libguide intitle:"digital archives"  "native american"  site:.edu
     
  • libguide intitle:"digital collections"  "native american"  site:.edu

The - site: - command in Google

The Google site: command can be used to limit your search to a paticular type of website e.g.  site:edu limits to university websites while site:gov limits to U.S. government websites.  You can use site: to limit to a particular organization e.g. site:harvard.edu limits to Harvard University websites.

   

site:     this command limits to websites from a particular site or domain

e.g.      "digital collections"   "great awakening"   site:.edu

This search limits results to college and university websites  (.edu)

e.g.      "digital archives"   intitle:abolition   site:.gov

This search limits results to local, state, and federal government websites (.gov)

Be sure the word or phrase is immediately adjacent to the command "site:"  (no spaces)   

    

The "site:" command can also be used to search the website of an organization.  To do this find the organization online - e.g. New York Public Library - and take the root of the URL (web address) - the part after the "www" and before the first slash "/"

e.g.      http://www.nypl.org/collections    use  "nypl.org" in the command

e.g.      "digital collection"    abolition    site:.nypl.org 

To search the webpages of the United Nations - find a web address of the United Nations - http://www.un.org/en/ - and use the root of this web address - "un.org"

e.g.     "digital library"     slavery      site:un.org  

Additional Google Commands

Link to hundreds of other Google commands.