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Tips for effective search with Google by Axel Boldt, October 13, 2006 All the following queries can be typed into google.com, followed by Enter. Sometimes the results page will have blue “sponsored links” at the top or right; ignore these, they’re ads. What to type into What it does Remarks google.com Dutch flood Returns those documents that Common words such as “a” and “the” match all of the given terms, either are ignored.Upper case and lower case in the document itself or in a link are treated the same. The order of the to the document. terms matters somewhat: the documents The documents that are the target in which the terms occur in the same of the most links from important order receive priority. sites are listed first. Dutch flood OR floods Gives more hits, as Google does OR needs to be all uppercase. not automatically include plurals. Note that OR only applies to the two Even better: Dutch OR immediately surrounding terms; all Netherlands flood OR floods. returned documents will contain “Dutch” “killing me softly” Returns all documents that contain Useful to locate song lyrics, or to hunt the exact given phrase for plagiarism/copyright violations “killing * softly” The star stands for one or more The star represents a sequence of whole arbitrary words, so documents words within a quoted phrase and matching “killing you softly” and cannot be used as part of a word: “killing an asteroid softly” will “flood*” will not give you flood, floods also be returned. and flooding. prozac site:.edu Will only return documents Useful when general searches return too George Bush site:.de residing on sites whose address much commercial material, as for many Schedule site:metrostate.edu matches. medications, or when the search should .edu: educational be limited to a particular country or site. .gov: U.S. government Restricting to site:.gov for image search .de: Germany on images.google.com is particularly .com: Commercial useful, as the U.S. government releases all its pictures into the public domain. Click on “Advanced Search” Will return only documents Applies to all subsequent searches as then choose a Language written in that language well, until you change it back Labor –childbirth The minus excludes all documents Often useful when a term has two viagra –site:.com that contain the given term. different meanings in two different “killing * softly” –“killing Include a space before the minus, fields, or to exclude results from me softly” but none afterwards. commercial web sites. A -B C OR D OR E Returns all documents that contain A but not B and contain at least one of C, D or E “find in a library: ” Newton Will return a link to the WorldCat This service is also provided by one of Principia entry for the given book, allowing our library’s databases. you to locate the closest library that holds the book. What to type into What it does Remarks google.com inurl:creation/behe.html Returns only documents that Useful when encountering a “broken contain the given string link”: the document typically has moved “creation/behe.html” in their URL to a new location, but part of its (“Uniform Resource Locator”, the filename will often still be the same. web address shown in the address If a broken link results from the server field of the browser) being down, you can still access the document by clicking on Google’s “Cached” link. Another useful service to locate “lost” documents: www.archive.org a complete archive of the internet going back 10 years. filetype:doc Will only return files of the given Searching for PowerPoint slides filetype:pdf types: Microsoft Word, PDF, or sometimes gives nice overviews from filetype:ppt PowerPoint slides, respectively talks on the subject. Most scientists publish their papers in PDF format on their home pages. link:www.metrostate.edu Those documents that contain a Useful to find out who links to your link to www.metrostate.edu personal webpage. define: hyperthermia Returns one-line definitions for the As we know, truth is determined by given term found on the web. majority rule. patent 5123123 Returns a link to the given patent in the USPTO database 3.4*sqrt(2)-sin(pi/2)+ln(2e) Computes the given expressions, 20 % of 600 performs the given conversions, or 20 dollars in euros returns the given constants. 0x5F in decimal 6 feet in meters mass of earth in pounds speed of light Additional services from Google (the operators explained above work on these sites as well) Scholarly articles published on the web: scholar.google.com Image search: images.google.com Full text book search: books.google.com Video search: video.google.com Current news sources: news.google.com Email updates about new material on the web concerning a given topic: google.com/alerts Maps and satellite images from every spot on Earth: maps.google.com, or a much more comfortable free software download: earth.google.com Translating web sites (crude): google.com/translate_t Questions, comments, requests for an electronic version of these notes: Axel.Boldt@metrostate.edu This document is in the public domain.
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