Yeah, this is just a random sharing of what I’ve learnt in the Google Power Search class. It is a free online course with 2 tests which teaches you the ins and outs of Google Search. It definitely helped me a great deal in doing better searches in general.
Here goes : ( It isn’t organised in any way, pardon the messiness. )
Accessing Google.com and not your localised Google page.
- Bottom right corner of your localised Google page, there will be a Google.com hyperlink.
- Go to www.google.com/ncr
Filter by color –> can lead to implied definitions.
Eg: Search for ‘Tesla’ + black&white color filter gives us mainly archival images of the guy Tesla.
Search for ‘Tesla’ again + ‘red’ filter gives us mainly images of the Tesla Roadster car.
How does Google decide which few documents I really want?
By asking questions; more than two hundred of them. Like:
- How many times does this page contain your key words?
- Do the words appear in the title? In the URL (web address)?
- Do the words appear directly adjacent?
- Does the page include synonyms for those words?
- Is this page from a quality website? Or is it low quality, even spammy? What is this page’s PageRank? That’s a formula invented by our founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, that rates a web page’s importance by looking at how many outside links point to it, and how important those links are.
Finally, we combine all those factors together to produce each page’s overall score and send you back your search results, about half a second after you submit your search.
— Try other phrases which can relate to your original query if the original query fails to get what you wanted. Eg: Old city –> Ghost town
— Be specific
— Use Keywords. Very important.
— word order. Eg: sky blue and blue sky
— inserting a + infront of a word will search Google+ database for the word
— #hashtag , @xxx
—- Capitalisation doesn’t matter.
— information panels on the right. For some searches. Eg:Sagittaria
— define function. Define ‘word’
— making use of other media types in your search queries. Eg: after searching the default webpage search , you can click ‘news’ to find out recent news articles about it.
— rollover preview tool ((>> icon to the right of search results)
—Use the site: operator to restrict results to a domain, website, or directory.
:site.gov ( only results from governmental websites)
:site.sg ( country operator)
:site.net , :site.org .. .com etc .. .edu
— :filetype operator
eg: pdf,docx,doc,ppt,txt,dat, csv (data sets) , kml(google earth) for expedition data etc
— Use the minus sign (-) to eliminate irrelevant results.
— Note: A plus sign (+) does not mean “and,” nor does it force inclusion of a word. Google can search for certain plus signs after a word (e.g., C++ and Google+). A plus sign before a search term, used as an operator, looks for a Google+ Page by that name.
— Double quotes to search for webpages which have the exact phrase within the double quotes.
— OR operator. Must be in caps. Joins two search queries together. “Xxx” OR “ cxcxc” .. can be used without the quotes as well.
— If an idea on one side of the OR is more than one word, it needs quotes around it (e.g.: [handkerchief OR “facial tissue”]
— Use the intext: operator to require that a term appears specifically in the text you can see on a page.
— Dragging an image directly into the Google Search . For instance, to identify what the object is in theimage.
—google search feature – eg: date,time, sunrise, flight etc
—Limit results to sources published during a specific time period by clicking on Search Tools in the left panel, then selecting the appropriate time range.
—Time filters are available in Web Search, Books, Images, News, Videos, Blogs, Discussions, and Patents. Sometimes, in News, you may need to click on the ‘Archives’ link under the time filters on the left to access the Custom Range option.
— Translated foreign pages
Search in foreign languages using English by clicking “More search tools” on the left panel of your results page, then select “Translated foreign pages”. This feature chooses the best language in which to search and delivers results translated back into English.
This capability to switch languages gives you the ability to see the world through the eyes of somebody else, in their culture, in their language, the way they write it.
—Verify the credibility of information you find on the web. Like using the date restriction tool under “show search tools” on the left panel. For instance, someone said that the quote “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives” is said by Martin Luther King. If you want to check if it is true, use the date restriction tool and set it to a maximum of year 2000. If there are no search results, it could be something fishy as Martin luther king existed a long time ago and surely, his famous quotes should have been cited or quoted somewhere before 2000.
— Use a query containing WHOIS to identify the owner of a particular website.
—If you see a second company listed as a contact on the WHOIS page, then a relationship exists between the two companies; you can then do another search to determine that relationship.