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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. £. £.

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Google s aim
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




Results
Results

£

£



Tips for phrasing
Tips for phrasing

1. Start simply

William Shakespeare


Tips for phrasing1
Tips for phrasing

2. Add relevant words

William Shakespeare Life


Tips for phrasing2
Tips for phrasing

3. Think within the field

The Bard of Avon


Tips for phrasing3
Tips for phrasing

4. Only use important words*

Not ideal:

When will the sun come up in London tomorrow?

Ideal: sunrise London


Tips for phrasing4
Tips for phrasing

*

Common words are ignored:

The

in

and

for

to

that

all

a

some

it’s


Tips for phrasing5
Tips for phrasing

…most of the time

the

who



Don t worry about
Don’t worry about

  • Spelling

    • autocorrects

  • Punctuation

    • ignores @#%^*()=[]\

  • Capitalisation

    • the new internationalist = The New Internationalist


When you search google
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 ]




Quotation marks
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
Minus Sign

Excludes words from your search

e.g.

The Great Gatsby -film


Tilde
Tilde

Searches for synonyms

e.g.

~food facts

includes results for “nutrition facts”


2 full stops
2 full stops

Searches for a specific number range

e.g.

prime ministers 1900 .. 2000

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



Search within a site
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
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

define:

gives you a definition of a word

e.g.define: irony


Filetypes
Filetypes

filetype:

searches for specific filetypes

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



Links
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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