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I found an interesting PDF with my last Google research, via a direct link to it ( Google result was like "http://example.com/somefolder/interesting.pdf").

I would like to put the pdf in context, that is to say find a webpage linking to it. How can I find it? I tried to google http://example.com/somefolder/interesting.pdf, but I got only one result (of course the pdf itself). If I google "example.com/somefolder/interesting.pdf" I get no result.

Does that mean that the original pdf is an "orphan" attachment?

Is there any option in advanced search that I missed? Maybe is there another search engine with this feature?

  • type filetype:pdf + website name in the google search box – Shekhar Jan 10 '13 at 10:10
  • @Shakehar No. This will not show the sites linking to specific file but it will show sites hosting specific file. This is not what OP wants. – mnmnc Jan 10 '13 at 10:15
  • @mnmnc I guess I misread the post – Shekhar Jan 10 '13 at 10:19
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Google has a special HowTo page for you here where you will find advice how to search for a specific link - just as you've described.

Use the "link:" operator.

For example, to find pages that link to www.google.com, use [ link:google.com ]. You can also search for links to specific pages like [ link:google.com/images ].

  • thank you! the option is no more available in google.com/advanced_search , but I am glad the function is still there! By the way, unfortunately my interesting.pdf seems to be orphan, or linked by a non-indexed page – laika Jan 10 '13 at 10:18

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