The Internet is a great place where the 21st century spy search. Here's the advanced way!
When you know the basics of using search engines, you'll get a lot of information already. However, with the advanced search you have several options for precising your searches and getting further useful results.
For our advanced spy search we'll use Google.com (favorite search engines of spies and the rest of the world) as an example. You can find this page by clicking the "Advanced Search" link on the Google.com home page. Here's how the Advanced Search page looks like:
You can do many more with Google search than only typing in search terms. With Advanced Search, you can search just for pages:
Everything you need for a spy search that delivers more results than you dreamt possible!
In addition you can improve your searches by adding up "operators" to your search terms in the Google search box, or choosing them from the Advanced Search page.
Using advanced search operators include:
Using "+" search
The search engine (Google) ignores common words such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that delay your search without improving the results. We shall indicate if a word was excluded by displaying details on the results page under the search box.
If a common word is necessary for getting the results you want, you may include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it, and be sure to include a space before the "+" sign. As an example, here's how to make sure that Google includes the "I" in a search for Star Wars, Episode I:
Using synonym search
If you want to search not just for your search term but additionally for its synonyms, place the tilde sign ("~") directly in front of your search term. As an example, here is how to search for food fact, nutrition and cooking information:
To find pages that include one of two search terms, put in an uppercase OR between the terms.
As an example, here is how to search for a vacation in either London or Paris:
Using domain search
You may use Google to look for only within only one specific website by entering the search key words you're looking for, followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name you want to search in.
As an example, here's how you would find information on admission on the Cairo University site:
Other useful advanced search features