Google Search Tips:                     Advanced Features                By Robin Hartman, Associate Librarian            ...
Advanced Features of Google     Fill in the Blanks – “*”     Diacritics     Query modifiers     GAPS (proximity search) 8/...
Fill in the Blanks – “*” 8/2/2007
Fill in the Blanks – “*”                       You can replace unknown                       words with an asterisk - “*”....
Use “*” for:8/2/2007
Possible Uses for “*”                            Busted!                 Searching out suspected plagiarism. 8/2/2007
Possible Uses for “*”                         Including results with                        common misspellings.          ...
Possible Uses for “*”                        Finding common variations. 8/2/2007
Fun with “*”               Finding parodies. 8/2/2007
Do not use “*” for:8/2/2007
Fill in the Blanks – “*”                                  Replacing a character.                   If you try to use “*” t...
Diacritics 8/2/2007
Diacritics If you search for aword with a diacritic    (distinguishing     mark) in it…   …will Google return results with...
Diacritics                The             answer is:               both!                 A search for unité               ...
Diacritics             To limit your search to only unité, add                      a “-” followed by unite. 8/2/2007
Diacritics             Notice how the number of              results has decreased. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers     Use these commands in the search     window.            intitle: Find sites with one search term in th...
Query Modifiers – intitle:            Find sites with one search term in the title. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – intitle:                                   This search returns                                   sites w...
Query Modifiers – allintitle:             Find sites with ALL search terms in the title.  8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – allintitle:                              Notice fewer “hits”                              when shampoo  ...
Query Modifiers – inurl:            Find sites with one search term in the URL. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – inurl:                                 This search returns                                 sites with th...
Query Modifiers – allinurl:            Find sites with ALL search terms in the URL. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – allinurl:                               Notice fewer “hits”                               when shampoo  ...
Query Modifiers – site:            Limit your search to a specific web site. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – site:  Enter search terms,     then qualifier.                                  Finds elephant          ...
Query Modifiers – site: Enter search  terms, then                     Finds dinosaur on    qualifier.   Example 2         ...
Query Modifiers – site:                                    Enter search terms,                                       then ...
Query Modifiers – filetype:            Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
Query Modifiers – filetype:            pdf – Adobe                                      readable files                 Spe...
Query Modifiers – filetype:            pdf – Adobe                                      readable files                    ...
Query Modifiers – filetype:            pdf – Adobe                                      readable files                    ...
Query Modifiers – filetype:                                 pdf – Adobe                                                   ...
Query Modifiers – filetype:             pdf – Adobe                                       readable files                  ...
Using Multiple Query ModifiersKey words, plus…                        …site: modifier, plus…                              ...
GAPS by staggernation.com            Searching for all kinds of             cookie recipes with             chocolate – bu...
http://www.staggernation.com                              This search will return:                           Chocolate chi...
GAPS by staggernation.com     Google API Proximity Search            A script that searches Google for two search         ...
Search Engine Showdown 8/2/2007
Search Engine Showdown For in depth information on how Google and other web search engines work, go to Greg Notess’ Search...
See More Google 8/2/2007
See More Google     This is one of three presentations on     Google Search Tips. Others include:            Lesser Used F...
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    1. 1. Google Search Tips: Advanced Features By Robin Hartman, Associate Librarian Darling Library – Hope International University Adapted from “A Google Gambol” (Internet Librarian 2003) Greg Notess, Creator, Search Engine Showdown & Reference Librarian, Montana State University Updated by Bethany Ahlberg 8/2/078/2/2007
    2. 2. Advanced Features of Google Fill in the Blanks – “*” Diacritics Query modifiers GAPS (proximity search) 8/2/2007
    3. 3. Fill in the Blanks – “*” 8/2/2007
    4. 4. Fill in the Blanks – “*” You can replace unknown words with an asterisk - “*”. Google returns results substituting the “*” with words most frequently used in the context of the query. 8/2/2007
    5. 5. Use “*” for:8/2/2007
    6. 6. Possible Uses for “*” Busted! Searching out suspected plagiarism. 8/2/2007
    7. 7. Possible Uses for “*” Including results with common misspellings. All spellings of a word will be found. 8/2/2007
    8. 8. Possible Uses for “*” Finding common variations. 8/2/2007
    9. 9. Fun with “*” Finding parodies. 8/2/2007
    10. 10. Do not use “*” for:8/2/2007
    11. 11. Fill in the Blanks – “*” Replacing a character. If you try to use “*” to fill in a letter, number, or symbol… …Google will treat the characters on either side of the “*” like separate keywords. 8/2/2007
    12. 12. Diacritics 8/2/2007
    13. 13. Diacritics If you search for aword with a diacritic (distinguishing mark) in it… …will Google return results with or without the diacritic? 8/2/2007
    14. 14. Diacritics The answer is: both! A search for unité produces results for both unite and unité. 8/2/2007
    15. 15. Diacritics To limit your search to only unité, add a “-” followed by unite. 8/2/2007
    16. 16. Diacritics Notice how the number of results has decreased. 8/2/2007
    17. 17. Query Modifiers 8/2/2007
    18. 18. Query Modifiers Use these commands in the search window. intitle: Find sites with one search term in the title. allintitle: Find sites with all search terms in the title. inurl: Find sites with one search term in the URL. allinurl: Find sites with all search terms in the URL. site: Limit your search to a specific web site. filetype: Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    19. 19. Query Modifiers – intitle: Find sites with one search term in the title. 8/2/2007
    20. 20. Query Modifiers – intitle: This search returns sites with the word shampoo in the title… …and ingredient anywhere in the document. Find sites with one search term in the title. 8/2/2007
    21. 21. Query Modifiers – allintitle: Find sites with ALL search terms in the title. 8/2/2007
    22. 22. Query Modifiers – allintitle: Notice fewer “hits” when shampoo AND ingredient must be found in the title of the page. Find sites with all search terms in the title. 8/2/2007
    23. 23. Query Modifiers – inurl: Find sites with one search term in the URL. 8/2/2007
    24. 24. Query Modifiers – inurl: This search returns sites with the word shampoo in the URL… …and ingredient anywhere in the document. Find sites with one search term in the URL. 8/2/2007
    25. 25. Query Modifiers – allinurl: Find sites with ALL search terms in the URL. 8/2/2007
    26. 26. Query Modifiers – allinurl: Notice fewer “hits” when shampoo AND ingredient must be found in the title of the page. Find sites with all search terms in the URL. 8/2/2007
    27. 27. Query Modifiers – site: Limit your search to a specific web site. 8/2/2007
    28. 28. Query Modifiers – site: Enter search terms, then qualifier. Finds elephant Example 1 race on the Cal State Fullerton site. Limit your search to a specific web site. 8/2/2007
    29. 29. Query Modifiers – site: Enter search terms, then Finds dinosaur on qualifier. Example 2 the Smithsonian Institute site. Limit your search to a specific web site. 8/2/2007
    30. 30. Query Modifiers – site: Enter search terms, then qualifier. Example 3 Limits search of schwarzenegger to official California senate pages. Limit your search to a specific web site. 8/2/2007
    31. 31. Query Modifiers – filetype: Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    32. 32. Query Modifiers – filetype: pdf – Adobe readable files Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    33. 33. Query Modifiers – filetype: pdf – Adobe readable files doc – Microsoft Word documents Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    34. 34. Query Modifiers – filetype: pdf – Adobe readable files doc – Microsoft Word documents mdb – Microsoft Access databases Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    35. 35. Query Modifiers – filetype: pdf – Adobe readable files doc – Microsoft Word documents mdb – Microsoft D’oh! Access databases jpg, gif, tif – graphicsIf you get no results from Google and photos Web, try Google Images. Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    36. 36. Query Modifiers – filetype: pdf – Adobe readable files doc – Microsoft Word documents mdb – Microsoft Access databases jpg, gif, tif – graphics and photos ppt – Microsoft PowerPoint presentations Specify a type of document to search. 8/2/2007
    37. 37. Using Multiple Query ModifiersKey words, plus… …site: modifier, plus… Voilà! Search of shampoo ingredient limited to …equals… …filetype: modifier… find only PowerPoint files on official California government pages. 8/2/2007
    38. 38. GAPS by staggernation.com Searching for all kinds of cookie recipes with chocolate – but not oatmeal? 8/2/2007
    39. 39. http://www.staggernation.com This search will return: Chocolate chip cookie recipe Chocolate cookie recipe Chocolate covered cherry cookie recipe8/2/2007
    40. 40. GAPS by staggernation.com Google API Proximity Search A script that searches Google for two search terms that appear within a certain proximity of each other on a page. • Studies show that the closer search terms are in proximity, the better chance that the document is relevant to the searcher’s need. For more info go to: http://www.staggernation.com/gaps/readme.html 8/2/2007
    41. 41. Search Engine Showdown 8/2/2007
    42. 42. Search Engine Showdown For in depth information on how Google and other web search engines work, go to Greg Notess’ Search Engine Showdown: The User’s Guide to Web Searching at http://www.searchengineshowdown.com/ 8/2/2007
    43. 43. See More Google 8/2/2007
    44. 44. See More Google This is one of three presentations on Google Search Tips. Others include: Lesser Used Features Lesser Used Databases Advanced Functions 8/2/2007
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