How to G o o g l - e r be a better
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How to G o o g l - e r be a better
Objectives <ul><li>What Matters </li></ul><ul><li>Search Operators </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Scenarios </li></ul>and what...
It just doesn’t matter! 
It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul>
Capitalization <ul><li>george washington  = </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE  WASHINGTON   = </li></ul><ul><li>George Washington  ...
It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Most punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul>
Punctuation <ul><li>! ? , . ;  [ ] @ / # < >   </li></ul>–  ’  C++  $99
usually <ul><li>Spelling </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most Punctuation </li>...
Spelling
Spelling
<ul><li>Common Words </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! usually <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most punctuation <...
Common Words Excluded  HOW WHERE the in I it is
<ul><li>“ AND” </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! usually <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most punctuation </li></...
Automatic “AND”
No Impact on Google Results <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul...
OK. So what DOES matter? 
OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes ( ’ ) </li></ul>
Apostrophes Were We’re ’
<ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul>OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul>
Hyphenated Words <ul><li>[  email  ] matches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ email”  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[  e-mail  ] matches:...
<ul><li>Word Order </li></ul>OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul>
Order Matters eating plant plant eating VS
OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Number of Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li...
Search Terms Limit Excludes automatically omitted terms.
These DO matter <ul><li>Apostrophes (‘) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul><ul><li>Word Order </li></ul><ul><li>...
How Google Works
Google Operators + ~ OR site: filetype: -
AND vs. OR Increases Number of Results AND OR
Include Operator (+) + + + + + HOW WHERE the in I it is + +
Include Operator (+) Star Trek +I Star Trek I VS
Exclude Operator (-) Digest? Bow? Bass?
Exclude Operator (-) bass  - fish  - shoes -beer bass VS
Synonyms (~) same similar related alike ~
Synonyms ~
Phrase Search Proper Names We hold these truths to be self-evident…   Lyrics Famous   Phrases “ phrase search”
Phrase Search “ ”
Site Search
Site Search site:sdsu.edu
Site Search site:
File Type filetype : file extension Complete List and further details Adobe Acrobat     filetype:pdf Macromedia Flash   ...
File Type filetype:
Google Operators + ~ OR site: filetype: -
Google-Operators
Practice Let’s try it out!
Practice Search for the Dilbert cartoon about the Google Logo Click the next button below to see the answer. Web Object Pl...
Answer
Practice Search for pages about Afghanistan that do not mention war or the Taliban  Click the next button below to see the...
Answer
Practice Search for articles in the EET at SDSU that are in Flash (.swf) format  Click the next button below to see the an...
Answer
Additional Resources: <ul><li>Google Help Center - Basics: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.ht...
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    1. 1. How to G o o g l - e r be a better
    2. 2. Instructions Volume Control Pause / Play Next / Previous View/Hide Text Toggle View Progress Bar
    3. 3. How to G o o g l - e r be a better
    4. 4. Objectives <ul><li>What Matters </li></ul><ul><li>Search Operators </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Scenarios </li></ul>and what doesn’t ^
    5. 5. It just doesn’t matter! 
    6. 6. It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul>
    7. 7. Capitalization <ul><li>george washington = </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE WASHINGTON = </li></ul><ul><li>George Washington = </li></ul><ul><li>gEoRgE wAsHiNgToN = </li></ul>
    8. 8. It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Most punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul>
    9. 9. Punctuation <ul><li>! ? , . ; [ ] @ / # < > </li></ul>– ’ C++ $99
    10. 10. usually <ul><li>Spelling </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most Punctuation </li></ul>
    11. 11. Spelling
    12. 12. Spelling
    13. 13. <ul><li>Common Words </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! usually <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul>
    14. 14. Common Words Excluded HOW WHERE the in I it is
    15. 15. <ul><li>“ AND” </li></ul>It just doesn’t matter! usually <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Common Words </li></ul>
    16. 16. Automatic “AND”
    17. 17. No Impact on Google Results <ul><li>Capitalization </li></ul><ul><li>Most Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Common Words </li></ul><ul><li>“ AND” </li></ul>
    18. 18. OK. So what DOES matter? 
    19. 19. OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes ( ’ ) </li></ul>
    20. 20. Apostrophes Were We’re ’
    21. 21. <ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul>OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul>
    22. 22. Hyphenated Words <ul><li>[  email  ] matches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ email” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[  e-mail  ] matches: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ e-mail,” “email,” and “e mail” </li></ul></ul>Not sure? Include the hyphen
    23. 23. <ul><li>Word Order </li></ul>OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul>
    24. 24. Order Matters eating plant plant eating VS
    25. 25. OK. So what DOES matter? <ul><li>Number of Terms </li></ul><ul><li>Apostrophes (’) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul><ul><li>Word Order </li></ul>
    26. 26. Search Terms Limit Excludes automatically omitted terms.
    27. 27. These DO matter <ul><li>Apostrophes (‘) </li></ul><ul><li>Hyphenated Words </li></ul><ul><li>Word Order </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Terms </li></ul>
    28. 28. How Google Works
    29. 29. Google Operators + ~ OR site: filetype: -
    30. 30. AND vs. OR Increases Number of Results AND OR
    31. 31. Include Operator (+) + + + + + HOW WHERE the in I it is + +
    32. 32. Include Operator (+) Star Trek +I Star Trek I VS
    33. 33. Exclude Operator (-) Digest? Bow? Bass?
    34. 34. Exclude Operator (-) bass - fish - shoes -beer bass VS
    35. 35. Synonyms (~) same similar related alike ~
    36. 36. Synonyms ~
    37. 37. Phrase Search Proper Names We hold these truths to be self-evident… Lyrics Famous Phrases “ phrase search”
    38. 38. Phrase Search “ ”
    39. 39. Site Search
    40. 40. Site Search site:sdsu.edu
    41. 41. Site Search site:
    42. 42. File Type filetype : file extension Complete List and further details Adobe Acrobat  filetype:pdf Macromedia Flash  filetype:swf Microsoft Word  filetype:doc Microsoft Excel  filetype:xls Microsoft PowerPoint  filetype:ppt
    43. 43. File Type filetype:
    44. 44. Google Operators + ~ OR site: filetype: -
    45. 45. Google-Operators
    46. 46. Practice Let’s try it out!
    47. 47. Practice Search for the Dilbert cartoon about the Google Logo Click the next button below to see the answer. Web Object Placeholder Address:http://www.google.com Displayed in: Articulate Player Window size:320 X 240
    48. 48. Answer
    49. 49. Practice Search for pages about Afghanistan that do not mention war or the Taliban Click the next button below to see the answer. Web Object Placeholder Address:http://www.google.com Displayed in: Articulate Player Window size:320 X 240
    50. 50. Answer
    51. 51. Practice Search for articles in the EET at SDSU that are in Flash (.swf) format Click the next button below to see the answer. Web Object Placeholder Address:http://www.google.com Displayed in: Articulate Player Window size:320 X 240
    52. 52. Answer
    53. 53. Additional Resources: <ul><li>Google Help Center - Basics: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html </li></ul><ul><li>Google Help Center - Advanced: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.google.com/intl/en/help/refinesearch.html </li></ul><ul><li>Printable Google Cheatsheet: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/cheatsheet.html </li></ul><ul><li>Complete List of Google Operators: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/operators.html </li></ul><ul><li>Google Guide: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.googleguide.com </li></ul>

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