Ask the following:
 What am I looking for? 
Think of common keywords 
 for specific information 
  you are searching for.
Ask the following:
  How would someone else 
     describe it to me? 
       This can lead to 
   alternative words that 
...
Ask the following:
   Of the list of terms, 
      which ones are 
    most common and 
   yield better results?
Ask the following:
   What do I really want to find? 
         Do I need an image, 
      a collection, a news item...
Wha...
Ask the following:
If the snippet is close to what is needed, 
click quot;related articlesquot; under the snippet 
       ...
Ask the following:
        If your query gets 
        thousands of hits, 
    it is not specific enough. 
Your query shou...
Ask the following:
Use + to include a specific term 
 or - to detract a word from 
    showing up in a search.
           ...
For consideration:
 Search for broad terms in order to 
     narrow down what you need. 
   It can be a waste of time to g...
For consideration:
   Search synonyms and 
    alternative spellings 
         by using OR
                
              ...
For consideration:
 Search background information
                 
               Ex.
    Hawaii vs. Hawaii history
For consideration:
           Use gateway sites: 
         www.cia.gov (international), 
           www.wikipedia.com, 
  ...
For consideration:
 Find your own gateway sites.  
                
              Ex.
       aquaponics how-to
Tools
                      
Use Advanced search to find specific formats:
               pdf, doc, etc.

  http://www.goo...
Tools
                Searching news:

               news.google.com  
 news.google.com/archivesearch
       (some sites ...
Tools
         Trends

      trends.google.com 
                
      Ex. obama, mccain
(separate terms with a comma)
Tools
     Google Scholar
     scholar.google.com
               
 Search articles and books 
 not from popular culture. 
...
Tools
                 Books:
            Books.google.com
Or use Amazon - can search inside the book
  Both Google schola...
Tools
       Specific Domain Search: 
   sheep vs. sheep site:.gov vs. sheep site:.uk


               Top level domains:
...
Tools
           Dictionaries:
              Use define:

   Find the word from the definition:
        Reverse dictionary...
Tools
Use a number range in your search

   number range is signified by quot;..quot;
                   
       Ex. hdtv ...
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Google Search tips

  1. 1. Ask the following: What am I looking for?  Think of common keywords  for specific information  you are searching for.
  2. 2. Ask the following: How would someone else  describe it to me?  This can lead to  alternative words that  may give better searches.
  3. 3. Ask the following: Of the list of terms,  which ones are  most common and  yield better results?
  4. 4. Ask the following: What do I really want to find?  Do I need an image,  a collection, a news item... What would give me what I really need?
  5. 5. Ask the following: If the snippet is close to what is needed,  click quot;related articlesquot; under the snippet  to get more related articles  and come closer to the actual query.
  6. 6. Ask the following: If your query gets  thousands of hits,  it is not specific enough.  Your query should be answered  in the first page of results.
  7. 7. Ask the following: Use + to include a specific term  or - to detract a word from  showing up in a search.   Ex. Chihuahua Chihuahua +Mexico Chihuahua +Mexico -maps
  8. 8. For consideration: Search for broad terms in order to  narrow down what you need.  It can be a waste of time to go  through pages of results but the terms that show up may be  a great way to refine your search.   Ex. Big Ben vs. Big Ben pittsburgh
  9. 9. For consideration: Search synonyms and  alternative spellings  by using OR   Ex. saber or sabre rc glider vs. rc gliders
  10. 10. For consideration: Search background information   Ex. Hawaii vs. Hawaii history
  11. 11. For consideration: Use gateway sites:  www.cia.gov (international),  www.wikipedia.com,  www.reference.com,  www.about.com (tutorials),  www.fedstats.gov (US collected statistics and facts)
  12. 12. For consideration: Find your own gateway sites.     Ex. aquaponics how-to
  13. 13. Tools   Use Advanced search to find specific formats: pdf, doc, etc. http://www.google.com/advanced_search
  14. 14. Tools Searching news: news.google.com   news.google.com/archivesearch (some sites require logins or payment)     Other news sites:  cnn.com, abc.com, npr.org, csmonitor.com, nytimes.com  
  15. 15. Tools Trends trends.google.com    Ex. obama, mccain (separate terms with a comma)
  16. 16. Tools Google Scholar scholar.google.com   Search articles and books  not from popular culture.  Choose scholar preferences  for university libraries.
  17. 17. Tools Books: Books.google.com Or use Amazon - can search inside the book Both Google scholar and Google books  will find you the book  in the nearest library  (use quot;Library Searchquot; under the snippet)
  18. 18. Tools Specific Domain Search:  sheep vs. sheep site:.gov vs. sheep site:.uk Top level domains: .gov, .mil, .uk, .fr, .de, .com, .org, .biz, .is, .aq, .aero, .asia, .museum, .us
  19. 19. Tools Dictionaries: Use define: Find the word from the definition: Reverse dictionary:  www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml   Ex. What is podzolization? What is the little indentation  above your upper lip called?
  20. 20. Tools Use a number range in your search number range is signified by quot;..quot;   Ex. hdtv $1000..$2000
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