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Google Search Tips: Advanced Features. By Robin Hartman, Associate Librarian Darling Library – Hope International University Adapted from “A Google Gambol” (Internet Librarian 2003) Greg Notess, Creator, Search Engine Showdown & Reference Librarian, Montana State University

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Google search tips advanced features

Google Search Tips:Advanced Features

By Robin Hartman, Associate Librarian

Darling Library – Hope International University

Adapted from “A Google Gambol” (Internet Librarian 2003)

Greg Notess, Creator, Search Engine Showdown

& Reference Librarian, Montana State University

Updated by Bethany Ahlberg 8/2/07


Advanced features of google

Advanced Features of Google

  • Fill in the Blanks – “*”

  • Diacritics

  • Query modifiers

  • GAPS (proximity search)


Fill in the blanks

Fill in the Blanks – “*”


Fill in the blanks1

Fill in the Blanks – “*”

You can replace unknown words with an asterisk - “*”.

Google returns results substituting the “*” with words most frequently used in the context of the query.


Google search tips advanced features

Use “*” for:


Possible uses for

Busted!

Possible Uses for “*”

Searching out suspected plagiarism.


Possible uses for1

Possible Uses for “*”

Including results with common misspellings.

All spellings of a word will be found.


Possible uses for2

Possible Uses for “*”

Finding common variations.


Fun with

Fun with “*”

Finding parodies.


Google search tips advanced features

Do not use “*” for:


Fill in the blanks2

…Google will treat the characters on either side of the “*” like separate keywords.

Fill in the Blanks – “*”

Replacing a character.

If you try to use “*” to fill in a letter, number, or symbol…


Diacritics

Diacritics


Diacritics1

Diacritics

If you search for a word with a diacritic (distinguishing mark) in it…

…will Google return results with or without the diacritic?


Diacritics2

Diacritics

The answer is: both!

A search for unité produces results for both unite and unité.


Diacritics3

Diacritics

To limit your search to only unité, add a “-” followed by unite.


Diacritics4

Diacritics

Notice how the number of results has decreased.


Query modifiers

Query Modifiers


Query modifiers1

Query Modifiers

  • Use these commands in the search window.

    • intitle: Find sites with one search term in the title.

    • allintitle: Find sites with all search terms in the title.

    • inurl: Find sites with one search term in the URL.

    • allinurl: Find sites with all search terms in the URL.

    • site: Limit your search to a specific web site.

    • filetype: Specify a type of document to search.


Query modifiers intitle

Query Modifiers – intitle:

Find sites with one search term in the title.


Query modifiers intitle1

…and ingredient anywhere in the document.

Query Modifiers – intitle:

This search returns sites with the word shampooin the title…

Find sites with one search term in the title.


Query modifiers allintitle

Query Modifiers – allintitle:

Find sites with ALL search terms in the title.


Query modifiers allintitle1

Query Modifiers – allintitle:

Notice fewer “hits” when shampoo AND ingredient must be found in the title of the page.

Find sites with all search terms in the title.


Query modifiers inurl

Query Modifiers – inurl:

Find sites with one search term in the URL.


Query modifiers inurl1

…and ingredient anywhere in the document.

Query Modifiers – inurl:

This search returns sites with the word shampooin the URL…

Find sites with one search term in the URL.


Query modifiers allinurl

Query Modifiers – allinurl:

Find sites with ALL search terms in the URL.


Query modifiers allinurl1

Query Modifiers – allinurl:

Notice fewer “hits” when shampoo AND ingredient must be found in the title of the page.

Find sites with all search terms in the URL.


Query modifiers site

Query Modifiers – site:

Limit your search to a specific web site.


Query modifiers site1

Enter search terms, then qualifier.

Finds elephant race on the Cal State Fullerton site.

Query Modifiers – site:

Example 1

Limit your search to a specific web site.


Query modifiers site2

Enter search terms, then qualifier.

Finds dinosaur on the Smithsonian Institute site.

Query Modifiers – site:

Example 2

Limit your search to a specific web site.


Query modifiers site3

Enter search terms, then qualifier.

Limits search of schwarzenegger to official California senate pages.

Query Modifiers – site:

Example 3

Limit your search to a specific web site.


Query modifiers filetype

Specify a type of document to search.

Query Modifiers – filetype:


Query modifiers filetype1

Query Modifiers – filetype:

pdf – Adobe readable files

Specify a type of document to search.


Query modifiers filetype2

Query Modifiers – filetype:

pdf – Adobe readable files

doc – Microsoft Word documents

Specify a type of document to search.


Query modifiers filetype3

Query Modifiers – filetype:

pdf – Adobe readable files

doc – Microsoft Word documents

mdb – Microsoft Access databases

Specify a type of document to search.


Query modifiers filetype4

D’oh!

If you get no results from Google Web, try Google Images.

Query Modifiers – filetype:

pdf – Adobe readable files

doc – Microsoft Word documents

mdb – Microsoft Access databases

jpg, gif, tif – graphics and photos

Specify a type of document to search.


Query modifiers filetype5

Query Modifiers – filetype:

pdf – Adobe readable files

doc – Microsoft Word documents

mdb – Microsoft Access databases

jpg, gif, tif – graphics and photos

ppt – Microsoft PowerPoint presentations

Specify a type of document to search.


Using multiple query modifiers

Key words, plus…

…site: modifier, plus…

Voilà!

Search of shampoo ingredient limited to find only PowerPoint files on official California government pages.

…filetype: modifier…

…equals…

Using Multiple Query Modifiers


Gaps by staggernation com

GAPS by staggernation.com

Searching for all kinds of cookierecipes with chocolate – but not oatmeal?


Google search tips advanced features

http://www.staggernation.com

This search will return:

Chocolate chip cookierecipe

Chocolate cookierecipe

Chocolate covered cherry cookierecipe


Gaps by staggernation com1

GAPS by staggernation.com

  • Google API Proximity Search

    • A script that searches Google for two search terms that appear within a certain proximity of each other on a page.

      • Studies show that the closer search terms are in proximity, the better chance that the document is relevant to the searcher’s need.

    • For more info go to: http://www.staggernation.com/gaps/readme.html


Search engine showdown

Search Engine Showdown


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Search Engine Showdown

  • For in depth information on how Google and other web search engines work, go to Greg Notess’ Search Engine Showdown: The User’s Guide to Web Searching at http://www.searchengineshowdown.com/


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See More Google


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  • This is one of three presentations on Google Search Tips. Others include:

    • Lesser Used Features

    • Lesser Used Databases

    • Advanced Functions


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