Google is still by far, the most used search engine in the world and it is a very powerful tool if we know how to use it properly. Check the following tips to find information in a faster, easier and more productive way.
1. Search for an exact word or phrase.
Use quotation marks (” “) around the word or phrase.
Example: “Government of Peru”
2. Search for something on specific site.
Use the ‘site:’ operator to search only within a certain website.
Example: election 2015 site:ctv.ca or site:ctv.ca election 2015
3. Search for a definition.
The fastest way to find the definition of a word is by writing ‘define’ and immediately the word.
Example: define momentum
4. Search for a specific product available within a specific price range.
Write the name of the product followed by the price range separated by two periods without spaces.
Example: leather jacket $200..$350
5. Search for a specific filetype.
Write name of the file followed by the ‘filetype:’ operator. After the operator type in the extension of the file (txt, pdf, swf, xlsx, gif, etc).
Example: weather Lima filetype:pdf
6. Include or ignore words.
To include words on the search use ‘OR’ before the words.
Example: marathon OR race
To ignore a word type minus sign before the word. This works with more than one exclusion and with domain names.
Example: Peru -Lima -Cusco
7. Find sites or pages similar to an existing one.
Use ‘related:’ operator before the name of the existing site to find similar ones.
8. Confirm the exact form of a quote even if missing some of the words.
Use an asterisk ‘*’ as a placeholder for any unknown or missing terms in a quote.
Example: “be not * of going slowly, be * only of standing still”
9. Search for pages containing two connected words.
Use a dash ‘-‘ in order to search for pages with two connected words.
10. Search for social media containing a specific tag.
Use ‘@’ to find social tags and ‘#’ to find popular hashtags for trending topics.
Example: @anibullon #CEID100