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Tips and tricks for using Google


How does Google search?


Google’s Aim

“The perfect search engine would understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want.”

Larry Page, Co-founder & CEO


How does Google search?


How does Google search?

200+ Factors


Results

£

£


Phrasing your search queries


Tips for phrasing

1. Start simply

William Shakespeare


Tips for phrasing

2. Add relevant words

William Shakespeare Life


Tips for phrasing

3. Think within the field

The Bard of Avon


Tips for phrasing

4. Only use important words*

Not ideal:

When will the sun come up in London tomorrow?

Ideal: sunrise London


Tips for phrasing

*

Common words are ignored:

The

in

and

for

to

that

all

a

some

it’s


Tips for phrasing

…most of the time

the

who


Google is intelligent


Don’t worry about

  • Spelling

    • autocorrects

  • Punctuation

    • ignores @#%^*()=[]\

  • Capitalisation

    • the new internationalist = The New Internationalist


When you search Google…

  • suggestsspelling corrections and alternative spellings

  • personalizes your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before

  • includessynonyms of your search terms to find related results

  • find results that match similar terms to those in your query

  • searches for words with the same stem, like "running" when you search for [ run ]


Verbatim Search


Using special characters


Quotation Marks

Search for an exact phrase in an exact order.

e.g.

“to be or not to be”

Warning: you may exclude relevant results.

e.g. a search for "Alexander Bell" will miss pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell.


Minus Sign

Excludes words from your search

e.g.

The Great Gatsby -film


Tilde

Searches for synonyms

e.g.

~food facts

includes results for “nutrition facts”


2 full stops

Searches for a specific number range

e.g.

prime ministers 1900 .. 2000

N.B. Makesureyouput a spaceeitherside of the full stops.


Phrasing your search queries


Search within a site

site:

allows you to get your search from a specific site or type of site (.gov, .edu).

e.g.unemployment site:gov

would only give you search results from .gov websites


Search related

related:

allows you to find pages that have similar content to a site

e.g.related:www.bbc.co.uk

would give you other news and media agencies


Define

define:

gives you a definition of a word

e.g.define: irony


Filetypes

filetype:

searches for specific filetypes

e.g.the war of the roses filetype:ppt


Further information


Links

Inside Search Help

http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&safe=vss&answer=134479

All Tips and Tricks

http://www.google.com/insidesearch/tipstricks/all.html


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