Week 2 Tips on Google Search

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  1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

It can be done by putting a double quote around the phrase or word to search for exact word or phrase.

  1. How would you search for something on a specific site?

It can be done by the use of an operator to add extra request. For example if I am searching for personal tax rates from the Canada Revenue Agency website only, I should type in personal tax rates: cra-arc.gc.ca. It will return results from pages about personal tax rates from the CRA website only.

  1. How would you correctly search for a definition?

This can be done by typing in “define” in front of a word that I want to define. For example, if I want to search the definition of apple, I would type in define apple.

  1. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

I would type in the product name following by the price range. For example, if I want to search for the price range of a lamp, I would type in lamp $50..$100.

  1. How would you search for a specific filetype?

This can be done by type in Filetype: and the information that I want to search with this specific file type. For Example, I can type in Filetype: PDF CPA requirements to search CPA requirements documents in PDF file only

  1. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

To include words, I should put in the plus sign or “and” in front of the additional word that I want to include in the search results. For example, if I want to include Ottawa in my search result from searching Ryerson, I should type in Ryerson +Ottawa or Ryerson and Ottawa. Then the search result will return with information about Ryerson related to Ottawa.

I can put a minus sign in front of a word that I want to be excluded from the search results. For example, if I want the information about the company Apple only, I should type in apple -fruit to exclude the information about the fruit. The minus sign should be right in front of the word which I want to be excluded.

  1. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?

It can be done by typing in the word “related” following by the similar website I am looking for. For example, if I am looking for similar website like Ryerson.ca, I would type in Related: Ryerson.ca

  1. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?

This can be done by the use of asterisk to replace the missing words in a quote. For example if I want to search for no pain no gain without knowing what is the second word for certain , I can put in no * no gain.

  1. How would you search for pages containing two connected words?

It can be done by the use of operator “OR” in between the two words, so the pages containing either or both words will be returned in the search results.

  1. How would you search for social media content containing a specific tag?

It can be done by using the operator @ in front of the name that I am looking for.

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