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Power Searching With Google 2 of 6

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Joseph Makokha

on 23 April 2013

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Transcript of Power Searching With Google 2 of 6

Basic to Advanced Power Searching
with Google Using Operators site: org, gov, stanford.edu site: operator within images and news results site: operator with or without the period before the top-level domain extension:
[site:edu] is the same as [site:.edu].

site: operator at the website level, you must use the period between the parts of the web address:

You can use operators at any point in a query:
[Jefferson site:archives.gov] same as
[site:archives.gov jefferson]. filetype: filetype, followed by a colon (:) and the appropriate extension, will return files of the extension you specify.

NO space between filetype, the colon, and the extension:

OPTIONAL period before the extension;
use the three or four-letter code
(swf, xlsx, jpg, gif, etc.). MINUS [-] filter removing invasive results Effective: [salsa -dancing]
Ineffective: [salsa - dancing] [michelangelo]
[michelangelo -artist]. A plus sign (+) does not mean “and,” nor does it force inclusion of a word, but remember [+] exceptions You are helping a neighbor’s child find information
on penguins. Since it is hockey season, when you simply search for [penguins] you get many pages
on the Pittsburgh Penguins mixed in with results
about the bird. Which of these is a way you can
narrow your results to focus on the animal?

[penguins NOT pittsburgh]
[penguins -pittsburgh]
[penguins without pittsburgh]
[penguins - pittsburgh] Example: [salsa -dancing]
[salsa -dancing -tomatoes] Double Quotes[""], OR when venus the goddess of beauty and love

“tesla coil” OR “jacobs ladder” sequence and synonyms Your friend has been complaining about
her ex a lot; he is still hanging around even though they broke up. This reminded you
of a line from a poem: Like black tape he
is stuck to me. You search for it and see
the results below.

How could you modify the query to find the poem?
[“like black tape he is stuck to me”]
[like black tape he is stuck to me poem]
[/like black tape he is stuck to me/]
[(like black tape he is stuck to me)] 1. Spacing - Site: no space after the colon:
Effective: [site:stanford.edu]
Ineffective: [site: stanford.edu]

2. Query order - site: can come either before or after the other search terms:
Effective: [baby safe sunscreen site:nih.gov]
Effective: [site:nih.gov baby safe sunscreen]

3. Including the period - Top-level domains work with or without the period:
Effective: [site:com]
Effective: [site:.com]

Portions of a domain require the period between the two elements of the domain name:
Effective: [site:gc.ca]
Effective: [site:.gc.ca]

A website must include the period between the site name and the top level domain:
Effective: [site:stanford.edu]
Ineffective: [site:stanfordedu]
Ineffective: [site:stanford] Example: Example:
You want to find documents on US government websites about gamers, people who play video games. What query do you use?
[gamers site: .gov]
[gamers gov:site]
[gamers site.gov]
[gamers site:.gov] Example:
You want to find a sound file that will teach you Morse Code for "I love you". Your friend told you that Wikimedia has all these audio files of people saying things in different languages, in a format called .OGG. Which of the following queries can you use to most easily find the file you want?
[i love you morse code ogg:filetype]
a) [i love you file morse code type:ogg]
b) [i love you morse code filetype:ogg]

c) [i love you morse code filetype: ogg]
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