An invaluable search tool to use with Google is the “site search.” Some sites allow the user to search just their site with a special search bar placed right on the webpage.
The Marshall ABE has such a search bar on the marshalladulteducation.org home page. If you look at the bottom of the first page, you will see it there – it says Google and there is a space to type in the search words you want to use and on the right, a button that says “Google Search.” And under that are 2 choices – you can choose to search the WWW (that stands for World Wide Web, or the entire internet), or you can choose to search just the marshalladulteducation.org website.
So, here’s how it works. Say that you want to find articles about Marshall ABE that were written in the Marshall Independent. You would type marshall independent (you don’t have to use capital letters) in the blank search box and then you would select to search the marshalladulteducation.org website by clicking on the small radial button (the circle) next to it. (It probably was already selected since that is the default selection).
OK –now just click on the “Google Search” button. You will get several pages of links to articles about Marshall ABE that appeared in the Marshall Independent. BTW, we use the articles on our website by permission from the Marshall Independent. Say, we get pretty good coverage by the Marshall Independent.
Not every website gives you the ability to search their site in this way. But you can still do it using the neat Search Site feature of Google. Here’s how it works.
A while ago, I was driving in the car and listening to an interview on NPR (National Public Radio) with an incredible classically trained pianist. This pianist also had the gift of improvising, and she was demonstrating it on the radio. She was playing some classical selections on the piano and then improvising based on the classical theme. I was totally amazed and some weeks later, I wanted to re-listen to the interview and music I had heard. Well, of course, I didn’t remember the name of the pianist, or even what country she was from. All I could remember was that she was a pianist and she could improvise.
Well, let’s give our Google Site Search a try. I opened Internet Explorer. Of course, Google is one of my Home pages. (Do you remember from a couple weeks back that you can have multiple home pages in Internet Explorer 7 – see Internet Explorer 7 Tech Tip)
To do a site search for my improvising pianist, I typed the following:
improvise pianist site:npr.org
The words “Improvise” and “pianist” are my search terms. The word site: (followed by a colon) says that I just want to search a specific site. The site npr.org is the site I want to search. I then clicked on the Google Search button
It worked! I got one page of links using those search terms at npr.org, and the first link has the exact interview I heard on the radio that day. The pianist is Gabriela Montero. She is from Venezuela. And there is a link to listen to the interview. Pretty neat!
Well, give it a try. Go to a website and search just that site for some information.
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