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Google Tips and Tricks

  1. 1. Tips and tricks for using Google
  2. 2. How does Google search?
  3. 3. Google’s Aim “The perfect search engine would understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want.” Larry Page, Co-founder & CEO
  4. 4. How does Google search?
  5. 5. Results £ £
  6. 6. Phrasing your search queries
  7. 7. Tips for phrasing 1. Start simply William Shakespeare
  8. 8. Tips for phrasing 2. Add relevant words William Shakespeare Life
  9. 9. Tips for phrasing 3. Think within the field The Bard of Avon
  10. 10. Tips for phrasing 4. Only use important words* Not ideal: When will the sun come up in London tomorrow? Ideal: sunrise London
  11. 11. Tips for phrasing * Common words are ignored: The a for to and all in some it’s that
  12. 12. Tips for phrasing …most of the time whothe
  13. 13. Google is intelligent
  14. 14. Don’t worry about 1. Spelling – autocorrects 2. Punctuation – ignores @#%^*()=[] 3. Capitalisation – the new internationalist = The New Internationalist
  15. 15. When you search Google… • suggests spelling corrections and alternative spellings • personalizes your search by using information such as sites you’ve visited before • includes synonyms of your search terms to find related results • find results that match similar terms to those in your query • searches for words with the same stem, like "running" when you search for [ run ]
  16. 16. Verbatim Search
  17. 17. Using special characters
  18. 18. Quotation Marks Search for an exact phrase in an exact order. e.g. “to be or not to be” Warning: you may exclude relevant results. e.g. a search for "Alexander Bell" will miss pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell.
  19. 19. Minus Sign Excludes words from your search e.g. The Great Gatsby -film
  20. 20. Tilde Searches for synonyms e.g. ~food facts includes results for “nutrition facts”
  21. 21. 2 full stops Searches for a specific number range e.g. prime ministers 1900 .. 2000 N.B. Make sure you put a space either side of the full stops.
  22. 22. Phrasing your search queries
  23. 23. Search within a site site: allows you to get your search from a specific site or type of site (.gov, .edu). e.g. unemployment site:gov would only give you search results from .gov websites
  24. 24. Search related related: allows you to find pages that have similar content to a site e.g. related:www.bbc.co.uk would give you other news and media agencies
  25. 25. Define define: gives you a definition of a word e.g. define: irony
  26. 26. Filetypes filetype: searches for specific filetypes e.g. the war of the roses filetype:ppt
  27. 27. Further information
  28. 28. Links Inside Search Help http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py ?hl=en&safe=vss&answer=134479 All Tips and Tricks http://www.google.com/insidesearch/tipstricks/all.ht ml

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