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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Getting the Most Out of Your Google Search

Don't get me wrong, Google is one of the best search engines out there. But its algorithm isn't perfect. Try out some of these tricks for more effective searches:

  • Use "-" to blacklist words you don't want in your results. For example, search "beetle -car" to remove links about the VW beetle. 
  • Need to read a school book you left in your locker? Try "file:pdf". The command "file:" filters results of only that file type. For example, to find a pdf of The Great Gatsby, try "The Great Gatsby file:pdf" 
  • Use "site: " to find results from a specific website. For example, if I want to find TIME magazine articles about Taylor Swift, I would use "Taylor Swift site:time.com" 
  • Get more specific image results by using "search tools" in the toolbar to filter by certain criteria. For example, you can specify clipart or an animated photo (great for finding GIFs!) or even find photos that are licensed for public use. 
  • Put quotation marks around the search to find results that use the exact phrase, rather than parts of the phrase or other similar phrases. 
  • Ever need to find the source of an image? Try using reverse image search. Simply right-click the picture and select "search Google for this image". You can also search an image from your computer by clicking on the camera in the Google image search bar.
I hope this helps! Feel free to share any other tips in the comments below.

Written by Jenna M., Homework Assistant 

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