Monday, February 24, 2014

Learn How to Search

Useful Google Search Tips 

  • Case Sensitivity: keywords are NOT case sensitive, so it does not matter if your words are all uppercase/lowercase 
  • Punctuation: not important, so there is NO need to use periods, commas, etc. 
  • Word Limitation: you are limited to ten words, so everything after 10 words is ignored from your search results 
  • Be Specific: the more targeted your keywords, the better your results will be 
    • If you want to search for an exact word or phrase 
      • use quotes (" ") around the exact word or set of words
    • If you want to exclude a word 
      • add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word 
      • Examples: [jaguar speed -car] or [pandas]
  • Search Within a Specific Site
    • Searching for a specific website, or a specific domain
      • Examples: [ academic calendar] or [site: gov tax forms]
  • Common Words are Ignored: the, and, or, in, how, I, it, is, etc.
    • If you need to use AND or OR, the operators MUST be typed in all capitalized letters
      • AND tells Google that terms on either side or it should be included in the search results 
        • same as (+) 
      • OR tells Google to match any of the terms connected by the OR operator, which means that it can return results for one and not the other, or for both 
  • Word Order Matters: priority will be given to the first word, followed by each consecutive word thereafter 
  • Singular and Plural Forms/Use of Synonyms: if you are having difficulty finding what you are looking for, try the plural form, or another similar word 
    • If you use the tilde (~) before a word, results will include synonyms as well 
  • Include a "fill in the blank": use an asterisk (*) within a query as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms 
    • If you use this (*) with quotation marks, you will find variations of the exact phrases or to remembers words in the middle of a phrase 
      • Example: ["a * saved is a * earned"]
  • Time Frame: search all results from within a designated time range
    • If you want to search within a specific time period use ".." in between the time frame
      • Example: [bobcats 2012..2014]

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