Advanced Search--To access Advanced Search, enter a search and click the gear icon on the right side of the results page or you can Google advanced search and it will be the first result.
Word Order Matters-- Google ranks the first word slightly higher than the second, the second slightly higher than the third, etc.
Music Math returns slightly different results than Math Music
Google uses automatic word stemming
Google searches for all possible word variations (i.e.,diet, diets, dieting, dietary)
Use words that are most likely to appear on the page
Instead of saying "my head hurts" use "headache" as that is the term a medical page will use.
Keep it simple. Instead of "in what countries are bats an omen of good luck" use "bats good luck"
Choose descriptive words. The more unique the word, the more likely you are to get relevant results.
Examples of Built Environment Failures
You are required to locate a building, bridge, dam, or other built environment that endured a major failure causing it to be closed due to safety concerns, abandoned, and/or repaired. Here are a few examples of built environment failures.
Drilling and Well Closure Failures at BP Macondo Well
Piper Alpha Oil Rig Failure
Levee Failure, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina
Dan River Coal Ash Spill
Kingston Fossil Plant Coal Ash Spill
Ocean Ranger Drill Rig Collapse
Ronan Point Apartment Tower Collapse
Kelly Barnes Dam Failure, Georgia
KaLoko Reservoir Dam Failure, Hawaii
Laurel Run Dam Failure
Schoharie Creek Bridge Collapse
West Gate Bridge Collapse
Harbor Cay Condominium Collapse
The collapse of Terminal 2E Roissy at Charles de Gaulle Airport
Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse
Google Search Tips
Exact Phrase Search
Search for words in exact order
Include word(s) in the results
Add a plus sign before the word or phrase to include
A space must be placed before the plus sign but not after it
"forest fire" +Flagstaff
"Chicago fire" +soccer
Exclude word(s) in results
Add a minus sign before a word or phrase to exclude
A space must be placed before the minus sign but not after it.
"forest fire" -pine
"Chicago fire" -soccer
Searches for a specified keyword and words that are similar to that word
Broaden your search to include different terms
OR must be capitalized
soccer OR football OR futbal
"Grand Canyon" OR Yosemite
Restrict search to a particular domain or website
Search top level domains such as .edu, .org, .gov
Search specific websites
"forest fires" site:.gov
veteran programs site:.edu
Restrict your search to a specific file type
There is no space between filetype: and the following word
"global warming" filetype:pdf
Searches for a single word or phrase in the title of the search result
Google will restrict the results to pages that have the word or phrase in the title of the document
Find information about the use of robots in the production of Toyota vehicles.
assembly line robots intitle:toyota
Searches for words that are within a certain range of other words
Must capitalize AROUND(n) and add a number in parentheses for this to work.