Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Google search tips advanced features

4,675 views

Published on

Published in: Technology, News & Politics
  • Be the first to comment

Google search tips advanced features

  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

×