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BU Google supports several advanced operators, which are search words that have special meaning to BU Google. Typically these operators modify the search in some way, or even tell BU Google to do a totally different type of search. For instance, "link:" is a special operator, and the searching for "link:www.bu.edu" doesn't do a normal search but instead finds all web pages that have links to www.bu.edu.

The advanced operators below are followed by a colon and then a search term or restriction. Do not put a space between the colon and the search term.

Several of the more common operators use punctuation instead of words, or do not require a colon. Among these operators are OR, "" (the quotation operator), - (the minus operator), and + (the plus operator). More information on these types of operators is available on the Basic Search help page.

Operator Function Example
intitle: Finds pages that have the search term in the HTML title. "intitle:chaplain" searches for pages that have "chaplain" in their titles.
allintitle: Finds pages that have all of the search terms in the HTML title. "allintitle:faculty handbook" searches for pages that have "faculty" and "handbook" in their titles. Note: The allintitle operator cannot be combined with other operators.
inurl: Finds pages that have the search term in the URL. "inurl:library" searches for pages that have "library" in their URLs.
allinurl: Finds pages that have all of the search terms in the URL. "allinurl:library research " searches for pages that have "library" and "research" in their URLs. Note: The allinurl operator cannot be combined with other operators.
link: Performs a special search to find all pages that link to the search URL. "link:www.bu.edu/athletics/index.html" finds all the pages that link to the BU Athletics home page.
site: Restricts the search to a given domain. "site:bumc.bu.edu research" searches for "research" within the BU Medical Campus domain. "site:www.bu.edu/english/ faculty" searches for "faculty" within the English Department's directory
filetype: Finds a specific file type, such as an Excel spreadsheet or PDF document. "filetype:pdf handbook" searches for "handbook" only in PDF files.

 

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