Published on July 30, 2009
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When you enter keywords into Google, it searches web pages from across the world wide web. That’s great if you want a wide search that catches any page or document that contains those words “Flight of the Conchords”
But what if you want specific information and you’re in a hurry?
There are ways to make Google searches more specific.... and faster
Let’s say you’re researching the Flight of the Conchords and you want to find a story that ran in the NZ Herald. You can search the nzherald.co.nz website from the Google search box site:
Use this syntax to ask Google to search only nzherald.co.nz for “flight of the conchords” site: www.nzherald.co.nz “flight of the conchords”
Compare the results of these two searches. The search on the right immediately gives you results from nzherald.co.nz – and hopefully just what you were looking for site: www.nzherald.co.nz “flight of the conchords” “flight of the conchords”
If you wanted to know about a music download, you might search the Conchords’ MySpace page site: www.myspace.com“flightof the conchords”
You can also search particular kinds of sites such as university websites (perhaps if you wanted to know whether there was any academic research into the Flight of the Conchords) site: .ac.nz
site: .govt.nz Or government websites site: .govt.nz “flight of the conchords”
You can quickly find websites that link to the one you’re interested in link:
In our example, the link search might help find fan clubs of the Flight of the Conchords link: www.flightoftheconchords.com
You can find what information Google has about a particular website using an info search info: www.flightoftheconchords.com
And a related search will list websites similar to the one you name related: www.flightoftheconchords.com
What if you’re stuck for the first line of a book or a phrase you only half-remember?
You can find websites that refer specifically to a book book
Imagine you want to know the opening line of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice book “pride and prejudice”
Which of these two searches will be most helpful in finding the novel’s opening line? “pride and prejudice” book “pride and prejudice”
Forgotten how a phrase goes? Try using an asterisk in the spot where the missing word goes how now * cow
If you’re researching breast cancer and don’t want any dubious search results, try this... safesearch:
safesearch: “breast cancer”
Auto? Automobile? Car? Runabout? Classic? If you’re not sure what to call what you’re looking for...
...try putting a tilde (~) in front of your keyword. Google will look for ‘auto’ and for synonyms of ‘auto’ ~auto
Imagine you want to upgrade your phone but you have a limited budget
Try typing the phone you want into the Google search box alongside a number range #...#
Google is also a calculator
Use these symbols for common equations + - * /
25 + 258
Here are some more Percentage Raise to a power Old measure innew Equation % of ^ old in new 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3 25 % of 978 10 ^2 45 Celsius in Fahrenheit 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=
25 % of 978
45 Celsius in Fahrenheit
Voila. A handful of search tips to help you work smarter and faster
You can find many more Google search tips on these websites http://www.adelaider.com/google/ http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html
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