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. £. £.
“The perfect search engine would understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want.”
Larry Page, Co-founder & CEO
1. Start simply
2. Add relevant words
William Shakespeare Life
3. Think within the field
The Bard of Avon
4. Only use important words*
When will the sun come up in London tomorrow?
Ideal: sunrise London
Common words are ignored:
…most of the time
Search for an exact phrase in an exact order.
“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.
Excludes words from your search
The Great Gatsby -film
Searches for synonyms
includes results for “nutrition facts”
Searches for a specific number range
prime ministers 1900 .. 2000
N.B. Makesureyouput a spaceeitherside of the full stops.
allows you to get your search from a specific site or type of site (.gov, .edu).
would only give you search results from .gov websites
allows you to find pages that have similar content to a site
would give you other news and media agencies
gives you a definition of a word
searches for specific filetypes
e.g.the war of the roses filetype:ppt
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