Computers 1, Period B
11 May 2011
Google Search Basics
Google being the most popular search engine around. It’s actually quite simple, all you
do is type in what you want to search and hit enter and Google will find what you are looking
for, but there are certain ways to search certain things and Google search basics help you to find
those ways. Google search basics include phrase search, search within a specific website, terms
you want to exclude, fill in the blank, search exactly as is, the OR operator. Then there are also
exceptions like Exceptions to “every word matters”, and Punctuation that is not ignored.
The Phrase Search is when you put double quotes (“”) on a set of words, what this does is
it tells Google to look up those exact words and not to change any of it. Google also has a very
strong signal and it uses the orders and the facts that the words are, as that very strong signal.
When you insist on a phrase search you could possibly be missing very good results just by
accident. The Search within a specific website is when Google allows you to specify that your
search and its results have come from a given website.
There are terms you want to exclude and this means when you put the minus sign (-)
immediately before a word that you are searching, this means that you do not want the words to
appear in your results to your search. The Minus sign is used as a hyphen and it does not get
interpreted as an exclusion symbol.
To fill in the blank means when you put a wildcard(*) in a query, what it does is it tells
Google to try to use the wildcard as a placeholder for any terms that are unknown and then it
would find the best matches for your search. To Search exactly as is (+) Google employs
synonyms automatically, but it sometimes helps a little too much and gives you the synonyms
you do not want, and by putting the plus symbol before a word that tells Google to match the
results precisely as it was typed. And also by putting the double quotes it will perform the same
To use the OR operator it’s Google’s default behavior and it considers all the words in
the results of a search, to allow either one of several words, use the OR operator, but the AND
operator is the default and it is not always needed. The Exceptions in different search engines
they use a variety of techniques top copy how people think and about their behavior, but most
rules have exceptions, as a result.
To use the Exceptions to “Every word matters” the words that are commonly used are
also known as stop words for example “the”, “a”, and “for” and they are usually ignored.
Synonyms replace the words that are in your original query. Particular words may not appear in
your results, if there’s sufficient other evidence may come from Google’s language analysis that
Google has done or that he other sources had done.
The punctuation that is not ignored are the punctuation that’s in popular terms that have
particular meanings, they are not ignored. For example the dollar sign ($) that stands for the price
of something, or the hyphen(-) is usually used as a signal that two words around it have a strong
connection, but if there is no space after the hyphen and a space before it in which case it is a
negative sign. Last the underscore Symbol (_) is used to connect two words and it is also not
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