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Internet: Google Tips

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Google Tips

Everyone uses Google, but not everyone is aware of the tips that can help to search it more effectively.  So below is a  list of different search commands with explaination of what each would retrieve:

 

When You Search

You Retrieve

mad cow

any web site indexed by Google that has the two words mad and cow in the same document (here you also retrieve a mad man who had a cow).

“mad cow”

any web site indexed by Google that has the phrase mad cow.

+mad –cow

any web site indexed by Google that has the word mad but does not have the word cow.

intitle:mad cow disease

any web site indexed by Google that has in its title the word mad and the 2 words cow and disease appearing anywhere in the document text.

allintitle:mad cow disease

any web site indexed by Google that has in its title the three words mad and cow and disease.

allintitle:"mad cow disease"

any web site indexed by Google that has in its title the phrase mad cow disease.

hospital infection filetype:pdf

any web site indexed by Google that has the words hospital and infection any where and the document type should be a PDF file.

hospital infection filetype:ppt

any web site indexed by Google that has the words hospital and infection any where and the document type should be a power point file.

hospital infection inurl:gov

any web site indexed by Google that has the words hospital and infection any where and the URL should indicate a governmental site.

~work satisfaction

any web site indexed by Google that contains work or any of its synonyms and satisfaction; example job, career, employee

5% of 88

Google here acts as a calculator and retrieves the answer 4.4

admission site:www.aub.edu.lb

Google here searches the site www.aub.edu.lb (AUB home page) and retrieves from this site all web pages that contain the word admission.

link:www.aub.edu.lb

Google here finds web pages that have links to the AUB homepage.

related:www.aub.edu.lb

Google here finds pages that are related to the AUB web page.

define:cross infection

Google displays the links to sites that provide the definition to cross infection.

dietary

Google applies stemming which means that it retrieves sites that have the words dietary, diet, diets, dieting etc…

“to be or ** be”

Google considers the * to represent one word, so this would retrieve the phrase to be or not to be.

$25..$45

This tells Google to retrieve sites that have a range between $25 and $45.

cached

when you click on a results link and it says “page not found”, click on cached link; this gives a snap shot of the page’s contents at the time when Google indexed it!

I’m Feeling Lucky

gets you directly to the first home-page or the top ranked source for a query.

Language Tools

allows free translation services, Arabic included (translation is word by word, not very accurate).

GoogleScholar

Google claims here to index material from scholarly resources such as journals.

AROUND(n)       

Google can do adjacency searching using around in upper case and the maximum number of words coming in between is indicated within brackets.

Truncation using *
External truncation using the star at the end of the word

root.

 

Many other features are available and are constantly being developed, but the above should be enough for designing an effective search statement for almost any topic.

 

 

Happy Googling!