Google Search Tips

Tips to Navigate the WWW

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verb, goo·gle often capitalized \ˈgü-gəl\

goo·gledgoo·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of GOOGLE

transitive verb

: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web

Things we all (should) know!

You can perform a Google Search by typing letters, numbers, words, phrases, etc. into the Google Search toolbar, or by clicking the mic icon on the right side of the search box and speaking the search words (as long as your computer or mobile device has a microphone).

You can also highlight text on a webpage in the Chrome browser, right-click to open the menu, and select Search Google for “(the selected text)” to open up a Google Search in a new browser tab.

Using "Keywords"

Keywords, also called search terms, are the most important words in search query or question. They tell the search engine what you are seeking. When you prepare to type in a query, think for a moment about what you really want to find. As was mentioned previously, consider what words you think will appear on the page that would have the perfect answer. Imagine that page for a moment.

Consider three things:

  • What are you trying to find?
  • What words do you think will appear on the page?
  • What words would the author use to answer the question?

Use Quotes

Use quotation marks to search for an exact word or phrase. "President Franklin Roosevelt"

add ..

Use two periods between two numbers to show a range of things like dates, measurements, and prices. Tv 2012..2014

add -

Use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
Examples: jaguar speed -car

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Feeling Lazy? (Maybe, a secret we should not share.)

A Google a Day

What a fun change of pace for seat work. Try A Google a Day here. It's challenging.