This is the last in a series of three tips on better searching with Google. If you missed either of the first two you can check them out here: Part 1 and Part 2
Can’t remember them all? Hungry for more?
By clicking Google’s “Advanced Search” link you don’t need to remember anything. There are tons of search options right there for you in a nice, easy to use, fill-in the blanks form. Check it out for yourself.
Here is another website (www.soople.com) which also makes it easy for you to do complex google searches without knowing all the behind the scenes tricks.
Google Cheatsheet & Guide:
Finally, here are two other great references for getting the most out of your Google searches.
- Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and anyone in between. Definitely worth checking out.
Next week we’ll share some great resources for finding graphics for your presentations and other projects.
If you have anything you’d like to see covered here please Stand UP and Be Heard and send them to me.
1.Use the ~ symbol to search for synonyms
Put a tilde (~) in front of a word to search for that word plus the word’s synonyms the any alternative endings for the term as well.
For example, ~inexpensive will return “inexpensive,” “cheap,” “affordable,” and “low cost” while ~run matches “run,” “runner’s,” “running,” as well as “marathon”
The tilde operator works best when applied to general terms and terms with many synonyms.
2. Search for Images Only
Looking for the perfect picture for your next presentation? Did you know that you can search for images? Just click the Images link or go directly to http://images.google.com
** Don’t forget to make sure you aren’t infringing upon any copyrights.
3. Search for particular types of documents
By using the filetype: operator you can limit your search results to one of the following document types:
- Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
- Microsoft Word (.doc)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls)
- Rich Text Format (.rtf) – this is a text format often used to exchange documents between MS Word and other word processing software.
For example, “confined space entry” filetype:ppt
will result in PowerPoint files containing the exact phrase “confined space entry”
Next week we’ll wrap up our series of search tips with a few resources you can use to learn even more great search tips.
Tips for better web searches:
1. Exact Phrase in Quotes:
Sometimes you’ll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms.For example, “Rigging Safety Training”
Try this search both with and without the quotes. With the quotes Google returns 1,063 results while without the quotes you get over 1 million results!
2. Exclude Terms:
Putting a minus (-) sign in front of a word in your search means that your search results MUST EXCLUDE that word.For example: rigging -sailboat
3. Include Terms:
Placing a plus (+) sign in front of a word means that word your search results MUST INCLUDE that word.For example: rigging +scaffold
4. Site Search:
Have you ever wanted to search only one specific web site? You can use google to search a single specific site. This is handy if the site doesn’t provide a search function of their own.For example: “Getting Started” site:www.questiomark.com
This search will return all results from the Questionmark.com website that match the exact phrase of “Getting Started”
Try these out and you’ll be able to get the information you’re looking for quicker and easier.
Stay tuned for even more great search tips next week.