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Quoted Phrases

To search for a phrase, a proper name, or a set of words in a specific order, put them in double quotes.

A query with terms in quotes finds pages containing the exact quoted phrase. For example, [ Larry Page ] finds pages containing the phrase “Larry Page” exactly. So this query would find pages mentioning Google’s co-founder Larry Page, but not pages containing “Larry has a home page,” “Larry E. Page,” or “Congressional page Larry Smith.” The query [ Larry Page ] (without quotes) would find pages containing any of “Larry Page,” “Larry has a home page,” or “Congressional page Larry Smith.

A quoted phrase is the most widely used type of special search syntax.

Use quotes to enter proper names.

Find recommendations by searching for pages containing lists.

Google will search for common words (stop words) included in quotes, which it would otherwise ignore.

Google doesn’t perform automatic stemming on phrases, i.e., searching for pages that match variants of any of your search terms, described in Interpreting Your Query. For example, if you want to see pages that mention only one favorite book rather than lists of favorite books, enclose your search terms in quotes.

Some teachers use quoted phrases to detect plagiarism. They copy a few unique and specific phrases into the Google search box, surround them with quotes, and see if any results are too similar to their student’s supposedly original work. Find ways to detect and prevent plagiarism.

You may include more than one quoted string in a query. All quoted query phrases must appear on a result page; the implied AND works on both individual words and quoted phrases. The following search would find pages containing both of the phrases “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham”:

Note: In Using Search Operators (Advanced Operators) and the following list of search operators, you’ll learn how to find a page by specifying its title.

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007

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