To search for an exact phrase (where the words are in a specific order), type quotation marks around your search terms. If you do not include quotation marks, you will get results with items that contain the individual words in the phrase, but they may not necessarily be located together or in the order you want.
To increase the number of hits in a search, consider using a truncation symbol. With truncation, you can search for multiple variants on a single word stem:
Example: Searching for anarch* will retrieve results for anarchy, anarchism, anarchist, and anarchists.
Using a wildcard symbol will replace one letter in a search term in order to find common variants on a search term:
Example: Searching for wom?n wil retrieve results for woman, women, and even the lesser used womyn.
You can search within sites by adding site: to your search
Example: feminism site:.edu
This example will retrieve results for the word feminism only from sites that end with the extension .edu
Example: feminism site:nytimes.com
This example will retrieve results for the word feminism only from the various pages of the New York Times, indicated by the short URL nytimes.com (Note: The short URL for any website will be in black letters in the URL address bar while all others information will be in grey).
Boolean Searching is a database search method based on the principles of Boolean logic, originally developed by the British mathematician George Boole in the mid-nineteenth century. Boolean searching allows you to combine search terms in specific ways for effective matches.
Note: Google replaces NEAR with the term AROUND. To conduct the same search in Google as the above example you would use the following: alcohol AROUND (3) abuse