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  • 1. A tutorial on conducting searches in GoogleAshford University Library
  • 2. So You Think You Can Google? There is a lot more to the Google search engine than simply typing in a word and getting good results. Though many times that’s all it takes, there are ways to use the Google search engine more efficiently to help you find the best results more quickly. By simply adding a couple of things here and there (they’re called operators), you can learn to use Google like a pro.Ashford University Library
  • 3. When searching Google, the results can be overwhelming or irrelevant Here are some ways to change your search:Ashford University Library
  • 4. “quotation marks” Putting quotation marks around more than one word will search the words together as a phrase. For example: “major league baseball” “major league baseball” will find results that include the term Major League Baseball. Major League Baseball, without quotations, could potentially find a site about Major League Soccer, and why it’s so much better than baseball.Ashford University Library
  • 5. site: Using this operator before a search term will allow you to search a specific website for your search term, rather than the entire web. To use this operator, enter a search term followed by site: and the domain (such as: org, gov, edu, info, net, com) For example you can search for websites about psychology under the domain edu psychology site: edu Or you could search for websites about statutes under the domain gov statutes site: govAshford University Library
  • 6. filetype: This operator allows you to limit your results to a specific file type, such as a PDF document (pdf), PowerPoint presentation (ppt), Excel spreadsheet (xls), Word document (doc) etc. For example you can search for PDF documents (pdf) about cell division “fortune 500” filetype: pdf Or you could search for an Excel spreadsheet about “High School Dropout Rates” “High School Dropout Rates” filetype: xlsAshford University Library
  • 7. define: Don’t have a dictionary handy? Use this operator to find definitions of words. For example you can search for the definition of “romantic era” define: “romantic era” Or you could find the definition of antiestablishmentarianism define: antiestablishmentarianismAshford University Library
  • 8. intitle: This operator will make sure the term(s) you specify are within the title, but not necessarily all of them. Make sure you don’t leave a space between intitle and your search term For example you can search energy intitle:renewable to find websites about energy with renewable in the title. energy intitle:renewable Another example would be anthropology intitle:Sudan anthropology intitle:SudanAshford University Library
  • 9. Allintitle: This operator will make sure all of the term(s) you specify are in the title of the webpage For example you can search allintitle: California fires 2007 allintitle: california fires 2007 Another example would be allintitle: chaucer canterbury tales allintitle: chaucer canterbury talesAshford University Library
  • 10. You found what you were looking for!Ashford University Library
  • 11. Photo Credits 0/01/Hyperlink-internet-search.svg 64/sizes/z/in/photostream/ /5/51/1st_part_of_google_search_key2011-02-11.png 07/7658181994/sizes/z/in/photostream/ 07/7658165122/sizes/z/in/photostream/