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Offline Stanwix England

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Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« on: Saturday 04 September 21 15:52 BST (UK) »
On Twitter recently I saw a thread by a man called Chris Hladczuk (Twitter handle @chrishlad) and it had loads of information about how to use Google more effectively. I learnt a lot, and I thought it would be useful if I shared it here with you all, as I think these could be highly useful when doing research online.

I've changed the wording a little to make it Rootschat friendly and to see how it can be applied to our research, and tried to add advice on how to form particular characters on your keyboard.

Quotation Marks 

Put quotes around search terms to let you search exactly for that word. All your results will have that search term in it.

Example "Rope maker"

This gives you all 'rope maker' search results, but not results that just say 'rope' or 'maker' separately.
 
How to form on your device:

Mac = Press and hold down shift key and then press " key
Windows = Press and hold down shift key and then press " key


Dashes

If you want to exclude a term from your search, include a hyphen before that word.

Example

Rhinos-Leeds

You just want to search about Rhinos the animal, not Leeds Rhinos the rugby team.

How to form on your device:

Mac = Press - key
Windows = Press - key


Tilde

The little squiggly looking dash.

Use when you want synonyms to appear in your results

Example

agricultural~labourer  This will give you agricultural labourer, but also agricultural worker and so on.

How to form on your device:

Mac = Hold down alt or option key and press N key
Windows = Hold down shift and the ~ key

Site:

Use this when you want to search inside one specific website only.

Example

Leeds site:rootschat.com

This would bring up all the pages on Rootschat that mention Leeds, but nothing from other websites.

How to form on your device:

Mac = Hold down alt or option key and press : key
Windows = Hold down shift key and press : key

Full stops

Use this to search between two number ranges.

Example

Shipwrecks near Whitby 1840..1860 

This would bring up results that include dates from within that period.

How to form on your computer.

Mac = Press the full stop key twice in succession
Windows = Press the full stop key twice in succession

Location:

Adding a colon to the end of the word 'Location' brings up news or pages related specifically to that location.

Example

Mary Smith location:leeds  would bring up results specific to Mary Smith in Leeds.

How to form on your computer.

Mac = Hold down alt or option key and press : key
Windows = Hold down shift key and press : key

Filetype:

Adding a colon to the end of the word 'filetype' allows you to search for a specific type of file. Useful if you remember once seeing something in PDF form or something like that.

Example

Leeds dock workers filetype:pdf

How to form on your computer

Mac = Hold down alt or option key and press : key
Windows = Hold down shift key and press : key
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Re: Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 04 September 21 15:55 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that, I knew some of them, but not many.

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Re: Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 04 September 21 19:00 BST (UK) »
Thankyou Stanwix,

I only knew about the dash one.

Just off to try some out now.  ;D

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Re: Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 04 September 21 19:22 BST (UK) »
Thanks, very useful  I learned a couple of new tricks.
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Re: Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 05 September 21 04:42 BST (UK) »
Always something new to learn !

Many thanks.

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Re: Better Google Search Skills - Make Google work for you!
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 05 September 21 10:32 BST (UK) »

Thanks, SE  ;D

Like the others I've tried your Google tips and they work!

KG

 
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