Making the Most of GoogleFine-tuning “googling” skills better command of searches leading to validand more reputable results.
Use Likely Words Avoid questions for queries. NO: Where can I find a cheap hotel in Savannah? YES: cheap hotel SavannahAvoid extra words to connect search terms. NO: documentation on knee replacement surgery YES: knee replacement surgery
Be Specific Avoid ambiguous searches. NO: java YES: Java Indonesia YES : java coffee YES: java programming NO: Michael Johnson YES : Michael Johnson guitarist YES: Michael Johnson sprinter YES : Michael Johnson Georgia Tech football
Brevity Stick with a few concise terms. NO: programs on how to lose weight YES: weight loss programs Spelling Stick with a few concise terms. NO: programs on how to lose weight YES: weight loss programs
Stop Words Google ignores certain search words. Common Google Stop Words – a, all, any, few, how, in, into, of, more, most, my, only, so, some, such, the, this, those, through, very, which, while, who, whom, why, with… BUT Google is “smart” enough to generalize when not to ignore a stop word. Example – Google will not ignore the “for,” “whom” and “the” in a searching Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Become Familiar with Operators Minus Sign The minus sign excludes a term(s) in the results and used by librarians to filter a search term with multiple connotations. jaguar –football –Jacksonville –car #..# Search a range of numbers. Martha Stewart Halloween 2008..2011, editions 3..8 Wildcard –> * Placeholder for a word(s), letter(s) or number(s). pumpkin * recipe, Jan * 2011, environ*
Become Familiar with Operators > Add site:> to only search a type of site (ex: .gov or .edu) or a specific website url. grammar activities site:> .edu Hubble telescope images site:>nasa.gov or Tells Google to search for either variable though not necessarily together. crescent moon or quarter moon Filetype: Google will only yield sources of the requested filetype. Women* suffrage filetype:ppt
Become Familiar with Operators define: Use this preceding anything unfamiliar. define:kerning, define:planking quotes: Surround an exact phrase with quotes. “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” phonebook: Fast way to locate a telephone number. phonebook:Rite Aid Peachtree Rd
Become Familiar with Operators related: Browse sites with similar content. related:ancestry.com movie: Instant 411 of current movies – times, reviews, rating (G, PG, PG-13, R), trailers, etc. movie:Moneyball weather: Quick weather synopsis by location. weather:31093, weather:Paris, weather:Turner Field