Today I seem to be telling about Google Search to a lot many people so I thought I should post some simple tricks here:
Firstly I will tell in short how Google works. Google is the largest and most efficient Search Engine out there. The only thing that beats Google in it’s depth of knowledge is Wikipedia.
So how does Google do that? Google has basically created bots which roam around the internet and save every thing they can land their hands on (Yes literally everything. That’s why encryption is so important). So the fact is if something is there on World Wide Web, Google undoubtedly finds that and has that. So technically you should be able to find it. But most often we search either for the wrong thing or in the wrong way. But if we just change our searching technique, we will be able to find literally anything.
I am going to discuss two things, first is Google Search Tools and some Search Tricks.
Google Search Tools:
When you search anything in Google, at the top there are 7 options: All, Images, News, Images, Videos, Books, More and at the end there is a option named ‘Search Tools’.
If you click on it, a new set of options becomes visible. They are ‘Any Country’ ‘Any Time’ and ‘All Results’.
Clicking on ‘Any Country’ will allow you to change the country thus restricting the search results to those from a particular country. Suppose you are writing a project on a specific topic in India, why waste time going through stuff from other countries which props up?
This is particularly effective for researcher and journalists.
Clicking on ‘Any Time’ will allow to select the time frame of the results you want. For example: The last hour, or The lat 24 hours etc. This will be useful for journalist who are keeping track of an announcement or something like that.
Clicking on ‘All Results’ will give you an option of choosing verbatim that is limiting the search to results that exactly and completely match your Search Query.
All of the above is more useful to journalist and researchers but the later part is particularly useful to students.
Using Google Syntax:
Did you know that you can tell Google how exactly you want it to search something? Yeah you can tell it to for example only deliver sites which have text files or pdfs etc.
There are tens of thousands of such tricks but for a common student/researcher, two of them are very useful.
So, here we go:
(Site:www.example.com Query): Suppose you want to search a particular site only for something or you are using a site whose own search bar isn’t particularly helpful or malfunctioning you can ask google to search only the particular site for you. Pretty useful, huh? So, here’s how:
Open Google Search.
In the search bar, type: site:www.example.com <space> Search Query
Note: The <space> is a space do not copy the whole thing. Basically type, site then colon then the site url then space then your search query.
After that, hit enter. Google will deliver search results for your search query only from the site which you have specified.
If you want to search multiple sites, this is the best thing you can do: Google Custom Search Engine.
“Search Query Phrase” : Suppose you want to search for a large phrase like ‘I like Yellow Bellied Large Beaked Ostriches’ (They don’t exist), then a normal google search will give you loads and loads of results for each word of the phrase. But since you need results which have the entire phrase, that will be useless. So here’s how you can get what you want. Simply add double inverted commas before and after your Search Phrase without spaces. And hit enter. Google will return with ONLY the results which have the whole phrase.
For example: “I like Yellow Bellied Large Beaked Ostriches” will return only the results which have the entire ‘I like Yellow Bellied Large Beaked Ostriches’ in them.
This is again particularly useful for students, researcher and journalists.
Author: Rohan Dandavate
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