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TECH TIPS:  Top 10 Google Search Engine Tips
 

What’s the best search engine?  Well, for the fourth year in a row, Google was voted the best search engine by Search Engine Watch.

http://searchenginewatch.com/awards/article.php/3309841#bestsearch

 

It certainly is my favorite Search Engine.  So here are my top 10 search engine tips to use with Google.  Some of these may work in other search engines, but some are unique to Google only.  Go ahead – try them out yourself.

 

1.      Google is not case sensitive – that is, you can use all small letters when you are doing your searches.  So don’t bother with the Shift Key.

 

2.      Google ignores common words like a, about, an, and, are, as, at, be, by, from, how, i, in, is, it, of, on, or, that, the, this, to, we, what, when, where, and which.  If you use any of these words in quotes with other words, then they are not ignored.

 

3.      Use Quotes to include all words
Example:   “charles carrera”
 I get about 40 hits (links) for this search.  If I search charles carrera (without the quotes, I get 425,000 hits

 

4.      Use the + or – sign to include additional words or not include additional words in the search
Example:  “charles carrera” +marshall (I get 9 hits for this search)
Example:  “charles carrera –marshall (I get 29 hits for this search)

 

5.      Combine the terms
Example:  “charles carrera” +marshall –director (I included the word ‘
marshall’ but excluded the work ‘director’ - I get 3 hits for this search)

 

6.      Limit your search to a single website
Example:  carrera site:marshalladulteducation.org (I searched my name at the Marshall ABE site – I got 10 hits).

NOTE:  This is the worst display of cyber-vanity I’ve ever seen – Googling my own name!  Well, try all these search tips with your name – see what you come up with.  OK – more tips without using my name!

 

7.      Search for a website (url) but only know one word on the website:
Example:  inurl:marshall.mn  (I got 5,760 hits on this one – all the sites have marshall.mn in the address –
Marshall’s a pretty big town).

 

8.      Find related sites to a specific website
Example:  related:pricegrabber.com  (I really like the website Price Grabber – was wondering if there are other sites like Price Grabber.  Yep – there are – I found 10 other sites like Price Grabber. Cool!)

 

9.      Looks for specific filetypes. 
Example:  home budget  filetype:xls  (I wanted to find some Excel sample budgets for my students to practice on – I got 20,400 Excel spreadsheets in the search results  Some college students do this search when they need a term paper that someone else wrote – bad – don’t do that!.)
Google allows you to search for these types of files.
Microsoft Word (doc)
Microsoft Excel (xls)
Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt)

Microsoft Works (wks, wps, wdb)

Microsoft Write (wri)

Rich Text Format (rtf)

Text (ans, txt)
Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf)

Adobe PostScript (ps)

Lotus 1-2-3 (wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku)

Lotus WordPro (lwp)
MacWrite (mw)Ex:  home budget filetype:xls

 

10. Get a definition for a word (one of my favorite search features)
Example:  define:geek  (I did a search for this term – this is what I came up with – does that sound like me???)
a person who may be very smart yet lacks the social graces of those who are considered cool; a "computer geek" is someone who spends too much time on the computer and has no social life.

 

OK – try some of these neat search features – expand your horizons – but don’t steal anyone’s term paper!

 

Here are some websites you can learn more about searching with Google.

http://www.google.com/help/index.html

http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en

http://www.learnntc.com/tools/ComputerBasics/computerSearchNet.cfm#basic

 
That's it for this week - have a great week next week and a Very Merry Christmas!
 
Charles
 
Sites to visit:
Southwest ABE Website:  http://southwestabe.org/
Marshall Adult Learning Center Website:  http://teacherweb.com/mn/marshall/alc/
Marshall ABE Bookmarks Website:  http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

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