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Advanced Search on Google: Advanced Search on Google

How to do an advanced search on Google (on a laptop or desktop)

 

 

When using Google, go to the settings drop down menu and select Advanced Search (see image above).  This will allow you to limit your results by selecting the desired language, geographical region and site or domain type, such as .gov (government sites) or .edu (education sites).

Although Google is often seen as a quick method of locating information it often brings back results in the thousands and includes sites that are not reliable or authoritative.  Sifting through all these results can be very time consuming.  Checking the site or domain URL can give you a quick idea of what type of site it is. 

Common Domains

Name

Entity

Notes

.com

Commercial

Any person or entity can register.  Evaluate.

.org

Organisation

Any person or entity can register. Evaluate.

.net

Network

Any person or entity can register. Evaluate.

.edu

Education (often University)

Reliable and current source of information

.gov

Government

Reliable and current source of information

.au

Australian site (registrant)

 

.uk

United Kingdom site

 

.us

American site

 

.nz

New Zealand site