Getting the Most Out of Google Search – Part I

I’m sure students have heard a hundred times that they should not use Google for their research papers.  Authority, reliability and credibility of the sources you find on the internet are always a concern.  The Library’s databases, where you can find full-text, scholarly articles, is the clear choice.

But, when not working on academic projects, Google may be the best source for finding information on a variety of subjects.  Here are a few tips that will help you save time and search better.
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Across the top of each Google page are links.  Use these links to access Videos, News, Images and More.
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Use the last link, Search Tools, to limit your searches for Videos, News or Images.  For example, you can search News for a time range or relevance or Videos for duration, time range, quality or source.
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Other tips include using punctuation or other signals to narrow your search to get what you need quicker and easier.

TO SEARCH FOR: USE:
Exact phrases or words in exact order Quotations marks “to be or not to be”
Exclude or subtract a word Hyphen or dash mexico-city
Search popular hashtags Hashtag #springbreak
Search for a phrase with missing words Asterisk as a placeholder One flew *

For more tips type “tips on using Google” into Google or any search engine OR wait for my next blog.

This is the first in a short series of blogs on how to use Google Search more effectively.

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