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Google Search Tips

  1. 1. google search tipsTuesday, September 6, 11http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=1221265&answer=134479&rd=1
  2. 2. Every Word Matters Almost all the words you put in will be used.Tuesday, September 6, 11Every word matters. Generally, all the words you put in the query will be used.
  3. 3. Case insensitive new york times = New York TimesTuesday, September 6, 11Search is always case insensitive. A search for [ new york times ] is the same as a search for[ New York Times ].
  4. 4. punctuation ignored @#$%^&*()=+[]Tuesday, September 6, 11Generally, punctuation is ignored, including @#$%^&*()=+[] and other special characters.
  5. 5. Keep it simple pizza 63376Tuesday, September 6, 11Keep it simple. If youre looking for a particular company, just enter its name, or as much of its name as you can recall. If youre looking for a particularconcept, place, or product, start with its name. If youre looking for a pizza restaurant, just enter pizza and the name of your town or your zip code. Mostqueries do not require advanced operators or unusual syntax. Simple is good.
  6. 6. words on the page my head hurts vs headacheTuesday, September 6, 11Think how the page you are looking for will be written. A search engine is not a human, it is a program that matches the words you give to pages onthe web. Use the words that are most likely to appear on the page. For example, instead of saying [ my head hurts ], say [ headache ],becausethats the term a medical page will use. The query[ in what country are bats considered an omen of good luck? ] is very clear to aperson, but the document that gives the answer may not have those words. Instead, use the query [ bats are considered good luck in ] oreven just [ bats good luck ], because that is probably what the right page will say.
  7. 7. fewest terms weather report for cancun mexico vs weather cancunTuesday, September 6, 11Describe what you need with as few terms as possible. The goal of each word in a query is to focus it further. Since all words are used, eachadditional word limits the results. If you limit too much, you will miss a lot of useful information. The main advantage to starting with fewer keywords isthat, if you dont get what you need, the results will likely give you a good indication of what additional words are needed to refine your results on thenext search. For example, [ weather cancun ] is a simple way to find the weather and it is likely to give better results than the longer[ weatherreport for cancun mexico ].
  8. 8. descriptive words celebrity ringtones vs celebrity soundsTuesday, September 6, 11Choose descriptive words. The more unique the word is the more likely you are to get relevant results. Words that are not very descriptive, likedocument, website, company, or info, are usually not needed. Keep in mind, however, that even if the word has the correct meaning but it is not theone most people use, it may not match the pages you need. For example, [ celebrity ringtones ] is more descriptive and specific than[ celebrity sounds ].
  9. 9. phrase search “Martin Luther” vs “Martin Luther King”Tuesday, September 6, 11Phrase search ("")By putting double quotes around a set of words, you are telling Google to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change. Googlealready uses the order and the fact that the words are together as a very strong signal and will stray from it only for a good reason, so quotes areusually unnecessary.
  10. 10. Caution: phrase search “Alexander Bell” vs “Alexander G. Bell”Tuesday, September 6, 11Phrase search ("")Caution: By insisting on phrase search you might be missing good results accidentally. For example, a search for [ "Alexander Bell" ] (with quotes)will miss the pages that refer to Alexander G. Bell.
  11. 11. specific site site: Example iraq site:nytimes.comTuesday, September 6, 11Search within a specific website (site:)Google allows you to specify that your search results must come from a given website. For example, the query [ iraq site:nytimes.com ] willreturn pages about Iraq but only from nytimes.com. The simpler queries [ iraq nytimes.com ] or [ iraq New York Times ] will usually be just asgood, though they might return results from other sites that mention the New York Times.
  12. 12. specific site site: Example iraq site:.gov or iraq site:.orgTuesday, September 6, 11Search within a specific website (site:)You can also specify a whole class of sites, for example [ iraq site:.gov ] will return results only from a .gov domain and [ iraq site:.iq ] willreturn results only from Iraqi sites.
  13. 13. exclude jaguar -cars -football -osTuesday, September 6, 11Terms you want to exclude (-)Attaching a minus sign immediately before a word indicates that you do not want pages that contain this word to appear in your results. The minus signshould appear immediately before the word and should be preceded with a space. You can exclude as many words as you want by using the - sign infront of all of them, for example [ jaguar -cars -football -os ].
  14. 14. exclude anti-virus software vs anti-virus -softwareTuesday, September 6, 11Terms you want to exclude (-)For example, in the query [ anti-virus software ], the minus sign is used as a hyphen and will not be interpreted as an exclusion symbol; whereasthe query [ anti-virus -software ] will search for the words anti-virus but exclude references to software.
  15. 15. exclude jaguar -site:apple.comTuesday, September 6, 11Terms you want to exclude (-)The - sign can be used to exclude more than just words. For example, place a hyphen before the site: operator (without a space) to excludea specific site from your search results.
  16. 16. wild card Google * or Obama voted * on the * billTuesday, September 6, 11Fill in the blanks (*)The *, or wildcard, is a little-known feature that can be very powerful. If you include * within a query, it tells Google to try to treat the star as aplaceholder for any unknown term(s) and then find the best matches. For example, the search [ Google * ] will give you results about manyof Googles products (go to next page and next page -- we have many products). The query[ Obama voted * on the * bill ] will giveyou stories about different votes on different bills. Note that the * operator works only on whole words, not parts of words.
  17. 17. search as is +ca historyTuesday, September 6, 11Search exactly as is (+)Google employs synonyms automatically, so that it finds pages that mention, for example, childcare for the query [ child care ] (with aspace), or California history for the query [ ca history ]. But sometimes Google helps out a little too much and gives you a synonym whenyou dont really want it. By attaching a + immediately before a word (remember, dont add a space after the +), you are telling Google to matchthat word precisely as you typed it. Putting double quotes around a single word will do the same thing.
  18. 18. or operator San Francisco Giants 2004 OR 2005 must be all capsTuesday, September 6, 11The OR operatorGoogles default behavior is to consider all the words in a search. If you want to specifically alloweither one of several words, you can use the ORoperator (note that you have to type OR in ALL CAPS). For example, [ San Francisco Giants 2004 OR 2005 ] will give you results about eitherone of these years, whereas [ San Francisco Giants 2004 2005 ] (without the OR) will show pages that include both years on the same page.The symbol | can be substituted for OR. (The AND operator, by the way, is the default, so it is not needed.)
  19. 19. exceptions 34 * 87Tuesday, September 6, 11Google will show calculator results for the query [ 34 * 87 ] rather than use the Fill in the blanksoperator.
  20. 20. exceptions the, a, and for are ignoredTuesday, September 6, 11Words that are commonly used, like the, a, and for, are usually ignored (these are called stop words). But there are even exceptions to thisexception. The search [ the who ] likely refers to the band; the query [ who ] probably refers to the World Health Organization -- Google willnot ignore the word the in the first query.
  21. 21. exceptions C++ or C# nikon 400 vs nikon $400Tuesday, September 6, 11Punctuation in popular terms that have particular meanings, like [ C++ ] or [ C# ] (both are names of programming languages), are not ignored.The dollar sign ($) is used to indicate prices. [ nikon 400 ] and [ nikon $400 ] will give different results.
  22. 22. Local time time los angelesTuesday, September 6, 11http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2009/06/expertise-in-google-search/If you want to know current local time in a particular city, use the following method. To see the current local time in Los Angeles dothe following. Go-ahead and try this yourself for your local city and see how it works.
  23. 23. Definitions define: dogTuesday, September 6, 11
  24. 24. price range phone $400..$600Tuesday, September 6, 11If you are looking for a product in a specific price range use the following. It will search for the pages with text phone, and $400 to$600 ranged text.
  25. 25. math sqrt(10) 10+20Tuesday, September 6, 11Normally for doing the metric conversions we will be using some online conversion websites or conversion softwares. However justby using Google search box you can do calculations, unit conversions and money conversions as explained below.
  26. 26. unit conversion kg to lbs 20kg to lbsTuesday, September 6, 11
  27. 27. file type linux introduction filetype:pptTuesday, September 6, 11The following examples searches only the matching keywords inside a Power Point presentations. In the same way, you can searchfor the doc, pdf and other file types.
  28. 28. google advanced http://www.google.com/ advanced_searchTuesday, September 6, 11If you are not able to remember some of the advanced search syntax mentioned in this article, then use the Google Advancedsearch page as shown below.
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