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A few tips for more specific and faster searches in Google. Designed as introduction to search tips for journalism students. Given in association with Google Cheat Sheet. Feedback welcome.

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Search Tips

  1. 1. Search Tips Julie Starr |
  2. 2. When you enter keywords into Google, it searches web pages from across the world wide web. That’s great if you want a wide search that catches any page or document that contains those words “Flight of the Conchords”
  3. 3. But what if you want specific information and you’re in a hurry?
  4. 4. There are ways to make Google searches more specific.... and faster
  5. 5. Let’s say you’re researching the Flight of the Conchords and you want to find a story that ran in the NZ Herald newspaper. You can search from the Google search box site:
  6. 6. Use this syntax to ask Google to search only for “flight of the conchords” site: “flight of the conchords”
  7. 7. Compare the results of these two searches. The search on the right immediately gives you results from – and hopefully just what you were looking for “flight of the conchords” site: “flight of the conchords”
  8. 8. If you wanted to know about a music download, you might search the Conchords’ MySpace page site:“flight of the conchords”
  9. 9. You can also search particular kinds of sites such as university websites (perhaps if you wanted to know whether there was any academic research into the Flight of the Conchords) site:
  10. 10. Or government websites site: site: “flight of the conchords”
  11. 11. You can quickly find websites that link to the one you’re interested in link:
  12. 12. In our example, the link search might help find fan clubs of the Flight of the Conchords link:
  13. 13. You can find what information Google has about a particular website using an info search info:
  14. 14. And a related search will list websites similar to the one you name related:
  15. 15. What if you’re stuck for the first line of a book or a phrase you only half-remember?
  16. 16. You can find websites that refer specifically to a book book
  17. 17. Imagine you want to know the opening line of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice book “pride and prejudice”
  18. 18. Which of these two searches will be most helpful in finding the novel’s opening line? “pride and prejudice” book “pride and prejudice”
  19. 19. Forgotten how a phrase goes? Try using an asterisk in the spot where the missing word goes how now * cow
  20. 20. If you’re researching breast cancer and don’t want any dubious search results, try this... safesearch:
  21. 21. safesearch: “breast cancer”
  22. 22. Auto? Automobile? Truck? Dodge? Vintage? Classic? If you’re not sure what to call what you’re looking for...
  23. 23. ...try putting a tilde (~) in front of your keyword. Google will look for ‘auto’ and for synonyms of ‘auto’ ~auto
  24. 24. Imagine you want to upgrade your phone but you have a limited budget
  25. 25. Try typing the phone you want into the Google search box alongside a number range #...#
  26. 26. iphone $400...$600
  27. 27. Google is also a calculator
  28. 28. Use these symbols for common equations + - * /
  29. 29. 25 + 258
  30. 30. Percentage Raise to a power Old measure in new Equation % of ^ old in new 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3 25 % of 978 10 ^2 45 Celsius in Fahrenheit 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3= Here are some more
  31. 31. 25 % of 978
  32. 32. 45 Celsius in Fahrenheit
  33. 33. 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=
  34. 34. There you are. A handful of search tips to help you work smarter and faster.
  35. 35. You can find many more Google search tips on this website:
  36. 36. The End Julie Starr |