Efficient Searching on Google

Apr 28, 2015 by

Research is a required skill in a knowledge driven economy.  Now that we can hold the world’s knowledge in the palm of our hand, it is no longer important to have student’s list facts and figures.  The value is in what you can do with the information.  Generally, the first thing that comes to mind when we need to pull up a fact is, “Let me Google it.”  As such, it is extremely helpful to learn some tips and tricks to make your Google searching more efficient.  

Here are some examples of search operators that you can use in the “Search box” to speed up your path to accurate results. 

Use ‘ – ‘ to remove a category from your search.  For example, “jaguar -car” will yield results that don’t include the automobile.

Use ‘ + ‘ to find results with both search terms. For example, “baggage +Samsonite” will return sites with Samsonite luggage.

Use ”   ” to find results with the exact search term or phrase.  For example, “last backpack” will return results for this blog.  Go ahead, try it. . .

Here are a few more resources with tips on efficient searching.

20 Tips to Use Google Efficiently
36 Search Tips You Probably Don’t Know About
Advance Power Searching

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