Google Search

Using Google

  1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Think about what you are trying to find, think about the words that you think will appear on the page, and put yourself in the mindset of the author.
  • For phrases, use appropriate word choice, word order, do not use extra words (be concise), might be necessary to do more than one query to find exactly what you need by trying another way to phrase it. Use double quotes to search for an exact phrase. Also in order to include more than one way of expressing an idea, look for synonyms by adding OR between words (allows two terms to be searched together).  In an idea on one side of the OR is more than one word, it needs quotes around it (e.g. handkerchief OR “facial tissue”).
  • Do not include most special characters.
  • Type in the word or phrase on the google box
  • Hit return key on the keyboard
  • Use advanced Google search to filter the results more. This option guides through building more complex searches, even when you cannot remember all the operators.
  • By clicking the Geer button and Advanced search tab can type in the exact word
  • Related searches suggest searches that are suggested by google when typing in the word or phrase and this can also be gotten at the bottom of the page.
  1. How would you search for something on a specific site?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Use “ctrl F” on windows computers or “command F” on Apple computers to find word or phrase on a specific webpage to find the information necessary.
  • Android tablets: in a browser window, touch the menu button in the top right of the screen, then select “find on page.”
  • Safari on iPad tablets: click the cursor in the search box in the upper right corner of the screen. Directly above the keyboard, a “find on page” box will open.
  • Hit return each time and scroll through the document to find the necessary information which is highlighted or depending on the browser used, some have arrows directing towards the next word or phrase that you are looking for.
  1. How would you correctly search for a definition?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Sometimes the search results offer information that suggests a better or additional search.
  • If it is the definition that is needed, type define and then the word in the google search box.
  • Hit return key. The definition will appear.  The icon which is at the end when clicked, you can hear the defined term.
  1. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Enter the product name and enter the range specified starting first with a $ sign.
  • if price of a digital camera: Enter as (digital camera $150-$300).
  1. How would you search for a specific filetype?
  • Specifies the type of document you want to look for on the web
  • File types could be pdf, ppt, kml, doc, docx, etc.
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Type in “filetype:file type and the search word or phrase”
  • Eg.  “filetype:kml lewis and clark expedition.”
  • Hit enter
  • Click on the “view on” or “view as” which downloads the entire file.
  1. How would you include or ignore words in your search?
  • Adding a minus sign to a query avoids or excludes the idea from the search
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Eg: Needs recipe of salsa  not dancing enter “salsa -dancing”
  • There must be a space before the minus sign. No space should be there after the minus sign and the word you need to eliminate.
  • A plus sign does not mean “and” nor does it force inclusion of a word.
  • Hit enter and it will give all salsa recipes
  1. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • By adding synonyms such as OR after a word of phrase (which should be in quotation marks) one can find websites. In order to get more information on similar websites to the existing one.
  • Related searches similar to the existing search can be obtained by clicking on the search suggestions at the bottom of the page. These give a complete list of the suggestions.
  • With the aid of the left panel of the search results page, you can filter results by different categories such as blogs, discussion, recipes, books, 3D models, scholarly sources, and legal documents and the tab which is called more will give even more categories. Therefore, we can obtain similar search sites/pages by clicking on the relevant category on the left panel.
  1. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Type in the quote on the search box
  • When you start typing Google comes up with suggestions at the bottom of the search box or if you still continue with entering the quote without missing words, once you hit the return key the exact phrase of the quote usually appears at the top of the web searches such as showing results for “and the exact quote is given” and then you can click on this and get the searches needed. Since quotes are very hard to verify from where they originally came from, books are used to confirm.  This is done by clicking on the more tab on google and clicking on books.  Then search is done eg. Sherlock holmes complete.  Click on the book and go into the book and search for the quote in quotation marks within the book.  With control F or command F can see all the different hits for the quote within the book.
  1. How would search for pages containing two connected words?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Add the word “intext” and a colon and the other word
  • Eg: “coral bleaching” intext:geophysics
  • Intext: operator requires that a term appears specifically in the text you can see on a page.
  • Hit return key and the searches appear.
  1. How would you search for social media containing a specific tag?
  • First go into the website google.com or www.google.ca
  • Enter the name of the specific tag after a # sign. Eg:  if looking for a person put the # sign in front of the name and this will show the results of persons with that name who have social media.
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