The following blog will provide you with insight into optimising your search strings in our range of integrated sources.
Google Integrated Search
|Site:||Get results from certain sites or domains. For example, you can find all mentions of “olympics” on the NBC website, or any .gov websites.
Examples: olympics site:nbc.com and olympics site:.gov
|Link:||Find pages that link to a certain page. For example, you can find all the pages that link to google.com.
|Related:||Find sites that are similar to a URL you already know. If you search for related sites to the time.com, you’ll find other news publication sites you may be interested in.
|OR:||If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.
Example: world cup location 2014 OR 2018
|info:||Get information about a URL, including the cached version of the page, similar pages, and pages that link to the site.
|cache:||See what a page looks like the last time Google crawled the site.
|#||Find popular hashtags for trending topics Example:
|-||Remove wordsWhen you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes results that include that word or site. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.Examples:
||Connect two words like
||When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as what’s inside the quotes.
Note: Only use this if you’re looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you’ll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
||Add an asterisk within a search as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase.
||Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.
Bing Integrated Search
|altloc:||Used to specify a local search that is outside major markets|
|AND (all upper case)||Finds web pages that contain all the terms or phrases in a query. Same as & and &&|
|contains:||Keeps results focused on sites that have links to the file types that you specify|
|define||Triggers an Instant Answer definition for the specified word|
|domain:||Limits results to the specified domain|
|feed:||Finds RSS or Atom feeds pertaining to the term you specify|
|filetype:||Returns only web pages of the specified file type|
|hasfeed:||Finds web pages that contain both the term or terms for which you are querying and one or more
RSS or Atom feeds
|imagesize:||Constrains the size of returned images. Valid size parameters are “small”, “medium” and “large”|
|inanchor:||Returns web pages that contain the specified term in the anchor text|
|inbody:||Returns web pages that contain the specified term in the metadata or in the HTML body|
|instreamset:||Checks to see if a string is present with one or more properties|
|intitle:||Returns web pages that contain the specified term in the metadata title of the site|
|ip:||Finds sites that are hosted by a specific IP address. The IP address must be a dotted quad address|
|keyword||Takes a simple list as a parameter. All the elements in the list are ORed together. See example in section below.|
|language:||Returns web pages written in a specific language.|
|literalmeta:||Any string within parentheses is interpreted literally; that is, with no word-breaking or symbolic interpretation.|
|loc:||Returns web pages from a specific country or region|
|meta:||Allows the filtering of content based on special tags in HTML|
|msite:||Source filtering used to refine a query for a multimedia site|
|near:||Constrains the distance between terms so that documents that contain instances of the specified terms within ten or fewer words of each other are returned before those that don’t. For closer associations use “near:n” where n is an integer.|
|noalter:||Keeps the query from being altered by the Alteration Service|
|norelax:||Makes sure queries return only terms that are in the query|
|NOT (all upper case)||Excludes web pages that contain the specified term or terms. Same as – .|
|OR (all upper case)||Finds web pages that contain either the term that precedes the operator or the term that follows the operator. Same as | and ||.|
|site:||Returns web pages that belong to the specified site.|
|url:||Returns results that indicate whether the specified domain or URL is in the Bing Index|
|“your search query“||Returns results that contain the specified phrase, exactly|
|Using Exact Match||Put quotation marks around two or more words to search for the exact phrase inside the quotation marks.For example: “Yahoo stock price climbing” rapidly|
|Requiring Words||You can make sure your search results include specific words, by using a + (plus sign) in front of each required word.To find out about cell phone science (not cell biology), search: cell science +phone|
|Excluding Words||To make sure your search results exclude certain words, use a – (hyphen) in front of each word that you’d like to exclude.Say you want to learn about cell biology (not cell phones), search:cell science -phone|
|More than one search at a Time||Say you’d like to learn about both kayaking and biking in New Zealand, you’d search for:New Zealand kayaking OR New Zealand biking|