Optimal Web Searches

1.    The word And is assumed… Example: red and white and blue is a search for red white blue
2.    Compound Words, Phrases, and Names; use a String (in other words put the words in quotes “ “
       Example: “George Washington”  “Fort Wayne”  “to be or not to be”  “United States of America”
                       “Star Wars”  “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
3.    Want to eliminate a word: use the Not Command which is a – (minus sign)
       Example: Looking for the country Turkey, but not the bird… Turkey -bird
4.    Capital Letters and articles of speech are ignored unless put in quotes
       Example: United States of America is treated as united statesamerica but
       “United States of America” is treated as United States of America
5.    The root form of a word looks for all forms of the word
       Example: walk = walks, walker, walking, walked
6.    Use a tilde (~) to search with other word of similar meaning
       Example ~happy searches for happy and synonyms of happy
                     ~large planet(large could be: big, vast, giant, enormous
7.    Putting a plus (+) in front of word to keep it exactly as is. This dismisses adding other options to root word
       Example: +walk (only walk: does not inlude walker, walks, walking, walked)
8.    Wild Card (*) allows for missing words in a phrase (not missing letters).
       Forget a word in a title or quote?, try a wildcard
       Example: “Obama voted on the * on the * bill” Note this is mixed with the string concept.
9.    The word OR (in caps) allows two ideas to be reported together
       Example: “Indianapolis Colts” 2010 OR 2009
10.  Get to know the Google Command Lines.

These are useful for quick references in a Basic Google Search. Use these for narrowing down a search.

INTITLE – To narrow search by finding web sites that have key word in title you may type the words intitle: followed by word you are searching for (Note no spaces) … Example: intitle:ipad

INTEXT – Same as above only it narrows search to only keywords found in text (Note no spaces)… Example intext:ipad

LINK – This command determines who is linking to a site. Great command to determine credibility and popularity of a site. To use the link command there are no spaces. Type word link: and follow with complete URL (Note if you remember to put no space after the colon you will get true account of active hyper-links, if you use a space you will get hyper-links and text mentions which will be a higher number)…Example link:www.apple.com

SITE – Found a great site, but you want to then just search in that site. Perhaps you just want to search government sites or you want to see the Race For The Moon in perspective from Russia. Type in site and with no space follow with web address, domain, or country code. After the address, domain, or country code put in a space and the key word. Perhaps you want iPad information only from apple… Site Example: site:www.apple.com ipad …
… Domain Example: site:gov earthquake
… County Example: site:ru “moon race“

FILETYPE – Looking for a great power point, pdf, or word doc? Perhaps a spreadsheet would be helpful. You may need to look up some suffixes to use. Type in the word filetype: and with no spaces put the suffix (in my example I used xls for excel), put in space and follow with a search term. I have a list for suffixes linked here… Example: filetype:xls h1n1

RELATED – You found a great site and you want to see if there are more like it. Just type in the word related: and follow with no space and then the web address. You will find an assortment of related pages… Example: related:www.apple.com

INFO – Want more information about a site that you like. Interested in cached versions, links to the site, links from the site, other web pages that are similar to, and other places the web site is mentioned on the internet. A great tool for evaluating a web site. All you do is type in the word info: and then follow it with no space, and the web address of the site you wish to know more about… Example: info:www.ted.org

CALCULATOR – To use Google’s built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation into the search box. It even follows the order of operation… Example: 10+9*10 (It multiplies first, then adds)

SYNONYMS – As mentioned earlier, if you want to search for your search term and also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term (no space)… Example: ~city

DEFINITIONS – To see a definition for a word or phrase, type the word “define” then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type “define:” followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase… Example: define: computer

SPELL – Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your submission uses the most common spelling of a given word. If Google thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term. Example: pikture … "Did you mean picture?"

MEASUREMENT – To use measurement converter put in the measurement you want to convert followed by word to, and then enter desired unit… Example: convert 5280 ft to mi

WEATHER – To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type “weather” followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country… Example: weather “fort wayne” in or weather 46814 or weather “fort wayne” usa

STOCKS – To see current market data for a given company or fund, type the ticker symbol into the search box. On the results page, you can click the link to see more data from Google Finance… Example: aapl

TIME – To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city(Note also sunrise/sunset)… Example: time “fort wayne”

SPORTS – To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box. This is enabled for many leagues including the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball… Example: national basketball association

LOCAL – When looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business search for the category of business and the location and Google will return results right on that page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information. You may have to scroll down to find the local listings in the search returns… Example walmart

MOVIES – To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type “movies” or the name of a current film into the Google search box. If you’ve already saved your location on previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters for the movie you’ve chosen, if not enter new location… Example: movie: “diary of a wimpy kid”

DISEASE – To see information about a common disease or symptom, enter it into the search box and Google will return the beginning of an expert summary. Click through and read the entire article in Google Health… Example: measles

FLIGHTS – To see flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, type in the name of the airline (abrv work) and the flight number into the search box. You can also see delays at a specific airport by typing in the name of the city or three-letter airport code followed by the word “airport”… Example: austin airport

PATENTS To get information on patents – enter the word “patent” followed by the patent number into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button… Example: patent 1773980

AREA CODE LOCATION – to see the geographical location for any U.S. telephone area code, just type the three-digit area code into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button… Example 260