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Let's say I'm doing some research on something on Google. Do I say I'm searching on or searching for something on Google?

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It's search for. In fact, this is the first time I see search on at all. And indeed, as a quick-and-dirty check, the Corpus of Contemporary American English has a measly 217 cites for "search on" (as opposed to 10.220 for "search for"). The British National Corpus has 39 and 2028 cites, respectively.

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I think "search on" is perfectly normal usage where the particular search engine (or search facility within an application) is not a variable to be considered. In such cases, "search on [some search text]" might sound a little "technical" compared to "search for", but it doesn't seem at all "odd" to me. Mind you, I don't have a problem with "search with [some text]" in that context either, so I'm probably a bit more liberal than most. –  FumbleFingers Sep 25 '11 at 18:16
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You're searching for something on Google, or you're googling something.

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When regarding search in general, it is not uncommon to 'search on (field or criteria) to find (desired result)'

Search on the 'Sent On' field to find email that was sent last March.

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