Have you Googled today?
Chances are, you have. The search engine giant reports over 250 million searches are performed each day. But how many of them are truly productive? For every search that gets you what you want, how many blind alleys have you gone down? And even when you find what you’re looking for, can you be sure you’ve found reliable information?
Sure, Google’s free. But sometimes free information is worth exactly what you’ve paid for it – and fruitless searches (and bad data) can not only bog down your day, but dead-end your career. How can you improve your search efficiency?
Introducing the newest webinar in our office technology series — Power Googling: How to Get More Out of Every Google SearchGo beyond ordinary searching with these handy Googling tips:
1. Either/or. If you want pages that have one term or another, type in “or” or use the “|” symbol, called the pipe symbol. Example: affordable | green | office supplies.
2. Quotes. If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. Example: “Affordable green office supplies” will only return pages with that exact phrase.
3. Not. If you don’t want a word, use the “-” symbol next to it. Example: virus-computer.
4. Similar terms. Use the “~” symbol to search for similar terms. Example: A search “~green office supplies” uncovers pages with terms like "environmental," "sustainable" or "earth-friendly."
5. Essential words. When a precise word is essential, put a "+" in front of it. Example: Search only for the word "shredder," and not the plural or synonyms with "+shredder."
Power Googling is presented by Melissa Esquibel, a certified computer trainer and a dynamic instructor. In this 75-minute event, she’ll guide you through the steps you can take to make better, faster searches. Learn more about this instructional AND interactive event...6. Definitions. Use “define:” to get a quick definition. Example: “define: sustainable” turns up definitions, along with links.
7. Vertical search. Search specifically within blogs, news, books and more. Enter your search term, then click on “more” for a drop-down menu. Then choose “Blog Search,” “Book Search,” etc.
8. File types. If you just want to search for Word documents, for example, type “filetype:doc” as part of your search query. This will restrict your results to files ending in “.doc” (or “.xls”, “.pdf”, etc.) and show you only files created with the corresponding program.
9. Local search. Enter a business category and a ZIP code. Google returns results, reviews and a map.
10. Time. Find the time by entering "time" and the city's name.
During Power Googling, you'll learn:
- How to get what you want out of a Google Search
- What to do when there are too many results
- How to separate the wheat from the chaff in search results
- What’s reliable, what isn’t (“If it’s on the Web it must be true”? NOT SO MUCH!)
- How to use advanced search
- What is a Boolean search?
- When to use news and maps
- How to find it again
- How to use Google Search Settings
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