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Google Advanced Search Tips

1. Examples of searching for non-HTML file types:

  • For pizza recipes in PDF:

"pizza recipes" filetype:pdf

  • For information on the Illinois River in Oklahoma in Microsoft Word:

"illinois river" oklahoma filetype:doc

  • For presentations on Russian history in Flash:

"russian history" filetype:swf

  • For PowerPoint presentations on eye disorders:

"eye disorders" filetype:ppt

  • For Text files dealing with oil and gas drilling in Alaska:

oil gas alaska drilling filetype:txt

  • For Rich Text Format files having to do with Tahlequah (Rich Text Format files are useful for exchanging text between different word processors and other text-processing applications):

tahlequah filetype:rtf

  • For information on the economic growth of Kuwait in Excel spreadsheet format:

"economic growth" kuwait filetype:xls

2. Searching for pictures:

  • The below example will retrieve pictures of Lake Tenkiller:

tenkiller pics

3. Searching for information within a specific site:

  • The below example illustrates a search for NSU admissions information:


4. Using Google to find word definitions:

  • The below example illustrates how to find definitions of the word quantum:

define quantum