This curated list is part of a demonstration created as a part of How I use Google to Learn New or Difficult Subjects: Collect and Organize Search Results for your own Benefit, and Share your Findings to get Digital Clout.

This first section includes links and information straight from Google, itself.

  • Refine web searches

    You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.

    • Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator.
    • Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for will work, but site: won’t.
  • Advanced Search Operators -August 23, 2019 -Daniel M. Russell (senior research scientist at Google)

    Here, in one place, are all of the currently documented advanced search operators.

  • Search Protocol Reference - Request Format

The Search Protocol Reference is a guide meant for developers, but much can be applied to any regular old search.

Search Tools from Google

Using Google’s Advanced Features for Searching the Web

Third-party guides to using advanced features of google search.

  • Unofficial Google Advanced Search

    This page is provided as a reference and a guide to using the advanced search operators that Google provides. Most of the operators have a Google Search box pre-filled so you can see example results.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Google Search Operators and Google Search Commands (semrush)

    In this guide, we will go over the basics of search operators and search commands, helping you understand how to wield these powerful tools effectively and move on to advanced commands and operators — this guide will help you use Google to its full potential.

  • Google Search URL Parameters [Ultimate Guide] (seoquake)

    The basic Google search is It uses only one operator “q= phrase of interest”(or as_q). The use of advanced search operators works like a password. Google clearly understands what you want from it and gives you the results for which the usual search would take much more time and filtering.

  • 23 Google Search Tips You’ll Want to Learn - includes examples of different ways you may have never thought to use Google Search.
  • A Guide to Google Tools: Tips and Tricks You Can’t Live Without

    The following is a comprehensive guide of tips, tricks, and hacks that’ll help you make better use of Google services you use. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned expert, you’re likely to find something here that you can add to your own productivity toolbox.

  • Google Scholar: the ultimate guide

    Google Scholar (GS) is a free academic search engine that can be thought of as the academic version of Google. Rather than searching all of the indexed information on the web, it searches repositories of publishers, universities or scholarly websites.

  • Google Scholar: tips & tricks

Order of Operations

When using search operators google has a specific order it uses giving preference to different operations.

  • Search Protocol Reference

    Boolean operators are left associative with equal precedence. You can use parentheses to change the order of precedence. For example, A . (B | C | D) evaluates the OR (|) operators in the parentheses before the AND (.) operator. It is advisable to use brackets, braces, or parenthesis to clarify the precedence in complex queries.


Google Dorking

Google dorking (or simply Dorking) is the practice of using google search operators to find sensitive information on the web. Malicious hackers, or anyone with an intrest, can use this practice to find your personal information on the web, or find common website vulnerabilities to exploit.

Some of these guides go far beyond google, providing examples using other popular search engines such as Bing and DuckDUckGo. Whether you’re just an individual looking to discover your digital footprint, or the administrator of a server exposed to the web, these practices can be useful in keeping yourself or your digital resources safe.

  • dorking (how to find anything on the Internet)

    Software engineers have long joked about how much of their job is simply Googling things
    Now you can do the same, but for free
    Below, I’ll cover dorking, the use of search engines to find very specific data

  • Search Smarter by Dorking

    A look at advanced internet searches with “Google dorking,” how they work across different search engines, and how you can use the technique in your investigations. Mind the tips on protecting your privacy while searching, and safeguarding your personal information from those who might use this technique for malicious purposes.

  • Google hacking

    Google hacking, also named Google Safil, is a hacker technique that uses Google Search and other Google applications to find security holes in the configuration and computer code that websites are using.

  • Go Dork Yourself! Because hackers are already dorking you

    The most concerning thing about Google Dorking is the sheer volume of online information that can help the uninitiated and skilled alike. Some of the resources are educational, some are nefarious. Either way, these resources put an astonishing amount of capability in the hands of anyone that is interested.

Duck Duck Go

  • DuckDuckGo Search Syntax
  • The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

    If you don’t already have the scoop, it’s the search engine that can serve as a complete replacement for Google (and Bing and whatever else you like), except it respects your privacy and security. And while Google does some cool tricks, DuckDuckGo does some even better ones.



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