Google has recently released several updates to some of its major services including its search functionality. Being the top search engine on the web, Google is trying hard to sophisticate the way it filters and respond to users search queries through including some important features like customization, personalization, and localization. Google has also been investing in the power of social media particularly its tool Google Plus to recommend search results to searchers. Whether this is the beginning of a social revolution in web searching is too early to answer.
However, much of the power of Google search engine resides in its advanced features and unfortunately these are the tweaks most ignored by our students when using Google. The purpose of this post is to provide you with 10 wonderful search tips to share with your students to help them conduct effective search queries on Google. These tips are provided by Google Search Help Team.
1- Search for an exact word or phrase
Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. This option is handy when searching for song lyrics or a line from literature.
"imagine all the people"
Tip: Only use this if you're looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
2-Exclude a word
Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for synonyms like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
jaguar speed -car or pandas -site:wikipedia.org
Tip: You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site.
3- Search within a site or domain
If you are looking for more results from a certain website, include site: in your query. For example, you can find all mentions of "olympics" on the New York Times website like this: olympics site:nytimes.com
Tip: Also search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .edu or country top-level domain like .de or .jp.
4- Search for Pages that link to a URL
Using the link: operator, you can find pages that link to a certain page. For example, you can find all the pages that link to google.com. link:google.com
Tip: You can also search for links to specific pages, like google.com/images.
5- Search for Pages that are similar to a URL
To find sites that are similar to a URL you already know, use the related: operator. For example, when you search for related sites to the New York Times, you'll find other news publication sites you may be interested in. related:nytimes.com
6- Include a fill in the blank
Use an asterisk (*) within a query as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase. "a * saved is a * earned"
7- Search for either word
If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.
world cup location 2014 OR 2018
Tip: Enclose phrases in quotes to search for either one of several phrases.
"world cup location 2014" OR "world cup location 2018"
8- Search for a number range
Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.camera $50..$100
Tip: Use only one number with the two periods to indicate an upper maximum or a lower minimum.
daytona 500 winners ..2000