Using Google Effectively

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Demonstrates how to use Google Search Operators effectively, especially for academic and research purposes.

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Using Google Effectively

  1. 1. Using Google Search Operators Effectively
  2. 2. » Using site: will allow you to search a specific website for your search terms.» You can also specify what domain you would like to search if you are not searching a particular site.» Try this: Google the phrase Global Warming ˃When I did this on 5/15/2012 I got “About 316,000,000 results!”» Now search site:.edu Global Warming ˃This search produced “About 1,170,000 results,” many of which are reliable sources.
  3. 3. » site:nytimes.com global warming» site:desmoinesregister.com global warming» site:sciencemag.org global warming» site:noaa.gov global warming» site:.edu global warming» site:.gov global warming
  4. 4. » Using allintitle: will return search results that have your search terms in the title.» This will eliminate instances that only mention your search terms in passing.» This allow you to limit your results to pages that apply directly to your search terms.» allintitle:global warming
  5. 5. » Using filetype: will allow you to search for a specific type of document that contains your specific search terms.» Searching with filetype: will narrow your search results to files that usually contain full articles from reliable sources.» Try using: ˃filetype:doc global warming ˃filetype:pdf global warming ˃filetype:ppt global warming» This search operator is also a good way to find images that meet your specific needs. ˃filetype:jpg global warming ˃filetype:gif global warming
  6. 6. » Related: lists web pages that are similar or related to the given URL ˃related:cnn.com (results include news sites) ˃related:noaa.gov (results include weather sites)» Define: provides a definition for a word, phrase or acronym. ˃define:vociferate» Allintext: all query words must appear in the text of the page. ˃allintext:global warming
  7. 7. » Fill in the Blank: Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to ‘fill in the blank’ by adding an asterisk (*) at the part of the sentence or question that you want finished into the Google search box. ˃Isaac Newton discovered *

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