No more leafing through a card catalog card by card. Search travels at the speed of electrons now. There are some characters and tricks that you can use to refine a search on Google that will get you the information you want more efficiently. Here are a four.
Exclude with a Dash
Putting a dash in front of a word excludes it from your search. A Star is Born -Striesand.
Include Synonyms with a Tilde
Putting a tilde before a word means that synonyms will be included for the word. Halloween ~masks.
Use Two Periods to Search a Range
Putting two periods between terms will give you a range of things like dates, measurements or prices. Gas prices 2001 .. 2005.
Use Related to find Related Items
Use related: to search for things that are related to a specific site. related: oldaintdead.com.