next

Module Three

SEARCHING WITH GOOGLE

Google is the search engine most people are familiar with and a good place to start your web searching. The keywords you choose and how you arrange them in the search box will determine if your search is frustrating or rewarding. Whole books have been written on "googling," as it is often called, but a few basic tips will serve the purpose for most searches and most search engines.

SEARCH TERMS:
Use several specific search terms, rather than a broad,
general term.
Google ignores common words, such as
the, how, where, on, in,
Google automatically supplies AND to connect terms.
For example:
If your topic concerns people addicted to internet gambling, for best results, type in
gambling internet addiction
rather than just "gambling" or just "addiction"
All results will contain all three words.
QUOTATION MARKS:
Use quotation marks to combine words into phrases.
Google will only search for the exact phrase, not each individual word.
For example:
"to be or not to be"
The exact phrase must appear in the results.
Good for proper names and famous phrases.
SPECIAL OPERATORS:
Use to include or exclude words (+, -, OR)
Use + to include words. If a common word is crucial to a search, putting a + in front of it, in order to include it.
Using - is like using NOT.
Always precede + and - with a space.
For example:
teenagers OR adolescents
will return results that include at least one of the words
Use - to exclude words when your search term has more than one meaning: virus -computer will find medical information, not information on computer viruses.
ADVANCED SEARCH:
A link to the Advanced Search screen will appear at the bottom of your results page.
Fill in one or more of the search boxes. You can restrict your search to specific dates, sites, domains, file types, etc.
For example, these are equivalent:
with all of the words - normal keyword search
with the exact phrase - same as using quotation marks
with at least one of the words - same as OR
without the words - like using - operator before a search term.

Hint. Click here for Basic Search Help and All Tips & Tricks from the Google Support pages.

previous next