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Google Tips and Tricks

  • 27
  • January
  • 2015

Here are a few Google search tips and tricks to make searching for information a little easier:

  1. Search for a phrase using quotation marks if you are looking for the exact match. It will yield a smaller number of pages e.g. “to be or not to be” will take you straight to Prince Hamlet’s contemplation of death in Shakespeare’s play. If you go to Google’s advanced search, you can choose “this exact word or phrase”.
  2. Use an asterisk within quotes as a placeholder for an unknown or wildcard term. An example might be the * is mightier than the *.
  3. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words. Any word that is preceded by a minus sign will be omitted from the search results. This is a great way to make searches about general topics more specific. An example:  Vampires – Twilight or jaguar – cars – football if you were searching for the animal only.
  4. Searching archival news: will allow you to search over 100 years of archived newspaper articles around the world e.g. this archived article  shows the Kennedy assassination in a Pittsburgh newspaper  in November 001
  5. Use “DEFINE” to understand the meaning of words e.g. define selfie yields “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.”
  6. There are also some fun items – try searching for “tilt” or “do a barrel roll” without the inverted commas. Here’s another:  and there are many more if you have a great sense of humour:
  7. Some very useful Google searches are available on this Infographic: I found no. 1 (track flights) to be very useful and time-saving when fetching family from the airport.trickographic
  8. Use the microphone button in Google Chrome to do the search using only your voice.chrome_microphone_thumb

Look out for our post next month with more of these useful tips, including Google Advanced Search.


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