“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”
This is an era of internet. We are surrounded by high speed connections and can access any information we need with just a click of a button. The internet’s biggest blessing called Google has it all. Google has answers to almost every question you ask. However, in order to find better results, you need to know how to search in Google:
1. Either this or that
If you are not really sure whether you remembered information or name correctly – it is time to search for the truth. Just put in few potential variants of what you are looking for and separate them by “|“ symbol or simply “or”. Google will offer you the most appropriate result instead.
2. Use synonyms
Our language is very rich and sometimes synonyms can be a great help in online search. If you look for specific websites on a given subject rather than just those containing a specific phrase, use the symbol “~” in your search.
For example if you search for the term “healthy ~food” you’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating, cooking recipes, as well as healthy dining options.
3. Search within a website
It is a very convenient thing if you found some interesting article and would love to share it with friends, you just type the name of the website and the piece of wished information – the article you search for should pop up immediately.
4. The power of the asterisk
This power is used when you totally forgot that one key word, phrase or number that should be put into the search. Instead you can use the powerful “*” symbol. Just type instead of the forgotten word and result should help you out.
5. Missing lots of words
If the phrase is rather long, but you can’t remember the most part of it, try writing the first and the last words only, and in the middle put “AROUND+ the approximate number of missing words”. For example: ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
6. Use time frame
It happens sometimes that you urgently need an information about certain period of time. In order to do it, just add a needed time frame with three dots in between those dates. For example, you need to know about scientific discoveries made in 20th century, type like shown above.
7. Looking for the title or URL
Find the key words or title of the article by typing “intitle:“ before the search term, without any spaces. If you need an URL, use ”inurl:”
8. Finding similar websites
If you came across some really entertaining site and would like to see the other similar pages, type in “related” and the address of the site you liked in the first place.
9. Whole phrases
Framing the search term within quotation marks is the simplest and most effective way to find something specific and in the exact order you typed it in.
For example, if you type in the words – I’m picking up good vibrations- without quotation marks, the search engine will show the results where these words appear in any order on a website, as opposed to the specific order in which you typed them.
But as soon as you add quotation marks, you will get only those results where the order is preserved. It is a great way to search for the lyrics or poems.
10. Avoid unimportant search words
To eliminate the number of search words simply type a minus symbol before every word you don’t need to see in the search result. For example, you are looking for the site about interesting books but you are not intended to buy one, so write the next thing like shown in the example above.