January 25, 2014
There is much more to efficient Googling than what most of our students know. From the specific order of the words constituting our search query to the use of search operators, Google provides all kinds of tricks for users to implement in order to tap into its full search potential.
I have recently come across an interesting post shared by LifeHacker in which they outlined a wide variety of Google tips and tricks that students should know about. They have also shared this wonderful video which I am sharing with you below on how to quickly find exactly what you are looking for.
Here is a synopsis of the three search tips included in this video:
- Be Specific. Find pages within sites using site:[website URL] and your search phrase, find authors using author:[name], and type intitle:[word] to find a page with that word in the title.
- Format. Use filetype:[jpg or other extension] to find images and all sorts of files (such as docs and pdfs)
- Broaden Your Search. Use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard search operator to fill in the blanks. For example, “Why money is *”
Here is a visual summarizing some of important tips about Google search. I invite you to have a look and share with your students.