You’re probably not using Google to its full advantage.
Although everyone knows how to search for something, there are a few quick tips that can help you get the exact results you’re looking for, faster.
Google offers a “Power Searching” class and we took it so you don’t have to.
In the class, Dr. Dan Russell, a research scientist at Google guides you through different lessons.
Use these examples from his lessons to learn how to filter and focus your search results to get the answers you want.
Now for some ways to filter your results. Google has a set of 'operators' that you can add to your search to give it special instructions.
You can search within specific websites by using the operator 'site: ' For example, 'site:businessinsider.com' will only search through BI's archives.
You can also narrow down results by searching top-level domains like '.gov' for government sites, '.edu' for educational sites, or country codes like '.in' for Indian sites.
The operator 'filetype:' is also useful. For example, you could narrow your results to only include PDFs...
Or if you're doing a research project and want to find data to download and work with, you could try searching for 'filetype:csv' like in the example below (CSV stands for 'comma separated values').
Say you're looking for results about something that has several different synonyms. If you search for several phrases with 'OR' between them, Google will search for both options.
For example, if you have a photo you like but don't know where it was taken, you can image search it.
Or say you find something random and you have no idea what it is. Take a picture (on a white background), upload it, and, viola! Google figures it out for you.
Colour filtering in Google image search can be very helpful. Once you search for something, you can find the colour filtering options under 'search tools.'
That might not sound too useful right off the bat, but it can add context and let you find images based on information that might not be included in the text of the corresponding page.
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