Finding useful information on the World Wide Web is something many of us do. We can find information about anything by searching online. Google is the most popular search engine available, but navigating it can sometimes be tricky.
But most people don’t use it to its best advantage. Do you just plug in a keyword or two and hope for the best? That may be the quickest way to search, but with more than 30 trillion pages in Google’s index, it’s still a struggle to pare results to a manageable number.
Google’s algorithm keeps improving, and without context, it’s hard for Google to know exactly what you’re looking for, especially if your inquiry is highly specific. But there are a few tricks for searching that can help you quickly find the results you’re looking for. Tricks like formatting and punctuation can really help narrow down your search.
So learn some of these tricks on how to be effective at “Googling”:
And besides using search terms, Google also offers you a host of other ways to search.
Google Search Tricks – A useful app for enhancing your Google searches and getting the most of the search engine.
Google Images – lets you to search for images related to a particular word or phrase. You can also upload or link to an image to find more about it, or similar images.
Google Goggles – lets you search the web using your mobile phone’s camera instead of words. Simply take a picture of the item you want to search for, and look at the results.
Google Trends – lets you explore trending search topics on Google and look at what other people are searching.
Google Books – lets you search and preview books from millions of publishers around the world.
Google Scholar – lets your search for theses, abstracts and articles.
And for those who just want to have a bit of fun, try some of these search terms in Google:
- do a barrel roll
- the loneliest number
- google in 1998
- google sphere
- Atari breakout
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For most, Google is already an incredibly useful resource, but by following these tricks and tips, you can transform it into your most valuable research tool.
- Search Operators – support.google.com
- All Tips and Tricks – google.com
- What Did The World Search For in 2015? – google.co.uk
- Search Features – google.com
- Google Developers – code.google.com
- Google Guide: Making Searching Even Easier – googleguide.com