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5 Tips for Google Search


If you are like a lot of people, Google is your go to search engine for the internet. Here are 5 tips that may help you get that little bit more out of Google:

1. Calculator:

Type your equation straight in to the search box (type in the full equation eg 123 x 15 =) and Google will open up an on-screen calculator with the answer.

2. Currency converter:

Do you make online purchases? Then this is a great way to get an estimated cost. Open a new tab with Google and type in the value of the purchase, the currency to convert from and the currency to convert to. For example in Google type 24 USD in NZD – Google will then display a currency converter with the result and a historic trend. It won’t be perfect, but it will give you a useful approximation.

3. Lost in searches that aren’t hitting the mark?

– Search queries in quotation marks yield specific sentences

– Google often ignores connecting words like: it, to, of, so, the, and, with. So; eliminate those words from your searches unless you need the entire query (see previous tip)

– Some searches results will overlap with the things you are not interested in. Cull these from the results by using a minus symbol and the word you want to exclude in quotation marks.

– Similarly some searches require additional scope. A plus symbol and the word or phrase in quotation marks tells Google that that content must be present or absent depending upon the operation (adding or subtracting).

4. Advanced search:

– Builds upon the basic search and offers a multitude of ways to find the information you are looking for. You can search by language, region and how recently the information was published or updated.

– You can search individual web sites, using selected key-words. As an example typing in Google site: tips will then return all the pages that use the word tips for that website

– Advanced search:

5. Looking for research papers?

Try Google scholar.

Mark Coleman
About Mark Coleman
Director of Brainworx Computer Services and the sub brands of Mailworx and Dataworx

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