Better Than Google
Let's make sure you take full advantage of Google when doing information research. By doing so, you learn some information literacy tricks too!
ADVANCE GOOGLE SEARCH TIPS
What are the essentials in searching?
After your search results come up, look at the top and Use the TABS ALL / IMAGES / NEWS / BOOKS ............
Search simple: Pizza places nearby
Or Search complex: job interview questions techniques “public relations” PR positions
Use words that would appear in the site, not words in form of a question: Your question: How many poor people are black or Hispanic? Your search phrase: poverty rates minority black hispanic non-white
Get all Google doodles (animated cartoon) by hitting I’m feeling Lucky
Search news archives as old as mid-1880s
Select Google News (upper right boxes)- Search Tools – Recent - Archives
Search phrases with unknown words
Use * (asterisk) and “” (quotes) to find the unknown Ex: “* is bigger than Earth”. Answer: sun
Search definitions and spellings
Ex: define:byte. Answer: basic unit of measure in computer storage
Search for a particular meaning of a word
Use hyphen to avoid a particular search term (because of several meanings) Ex. “rat fink” -rodent. Answer:slang for detestable person
Search within just the title
searches for the word ONLY in the Title field of the website. Ex. Intitle:sasquatch. Answer:big foot info
Social tag search Add symbol “@” before the search term.
Ex: @sternshow. Answer: finds Howard Stern Twitter account etc.
How do I search for specific words, phrases, and titles?
Search exact phrases Use quotes to search an exact phrase.
Ex: “boston commons”. To find the central park in downtown Boston, MA.
Searching trending topics
Add a hashtag before the search term to get the results with trending topics. Ex. #trumpwasright. Finds very current postings of same.
How do I search for specific sites?
Search for links in your site that link to another site. Link:espn.com Search for related sites to the one you use. Related:cnn.com
Search info about site. Info:cnn.com See most recent past view of site. Cache:cnn.com How do I limit my search down to a specific hit?
Do a search within one site Search for a type of file Search for Image
warriors and Site:espn.com
moon and Filetype:pdf
click on Images (search) then paste the actual image
Or click & drag image file into the search box
Office productivity tools via
Google Books books by arthur miller
Currency Flight Status Food Holidays
IP Address Math Movies Shipping Songs Songs Sports
453 Euro to $US
AA 2398. (enter airline and flight number) potato vs sweet potato
Presidents’ Day (shows date for this year)
(gets your computer’s IP address)
9045 divided by 11 (does calculation)
Movie Risen 08818 (name of movie and zipcode to find showings) 833 7411 9043 (enter package tracking #)
My heart will * belong to you (* is a wildcard)
Songs by the Spice Girls (gives list)
NY Knicks (just team name to get latest game score)
Stocks Weather Time Time Translate Weather
T. (enter stock ticker to get quote+) Sunrise 08818 OR Sunset Madison NJ Set time for 10 minutes
French to German (then you enter word) 07924 OR Weather Austin TX
Words Entomology spider