Google's front page is deceptively simple: a search
form and a couple of buttons. Yet that basic interface—so
alluring in its simplicity—belies the power of the Google
engine underneath and the wealth of information at its disposal. If
you use Google's search syntax to its fullest, the
Web is your oyster.
Searching in Google doesn't have to be a case of
just entering what you're looking for in the search
box and hoping for the best. Google offers you many ways—via
special syntax and search options—to refine your search
criteria and help Google better understand what
you're looking for. We'll dig into
Google's powerful, all-but-undocumented special
syntax and search options, and show how to use them to their fullest.
We'll cover the basics of Google searching,
wildcards, word limits, syntax for special cases, mixing syntax
elements, advanced search techniques, and using specialized
vocabularies, including slang and jargon.