Google Search Tips: Using Google’s Lesser Known Functions for Research
With the popularity of Google, odds are you have probably tried using their search engine a time or two. However, many people are unaware of how to refine their searches using Google’s lesser-known functions.
- To find information about a specific website, try inputting something like: “info:drdianehamilton.com” – be sure you type in the parentheses.
- Utilize the asterisk function. For example: “Facebook * millennials” will give you results with only those words. If you just searched by “Facebook” and “millennials” you may have words between the two in your results.
- Google does not recognize short words such as the, a, and, it . . . Nor is it case sensitive. However it does differentiate between singular and plural as i the case of “millennial” or “millennials”.
If you are interested in some other search-related tools offered by Google check out the following sites:
- blogsearch.google.com – search for blogs
- news.google.com – recent news items
- groups.google.com – newsgroup search
- books.google.com – content of books shows up highlighted
- directory.google.com – yellow pages of websites
- scholar.google.com – scholarly publication search