Power Searching in Google
Jim Holland (@talljim)
Arlington ISD Instructional Technology
⇰ I can explain why search results are different between two people
⇰ I can perform simple keyword searches
⇰ I can quickly find a word on any page
⇰ I can perform an exact phrase search and explain the circumstances when it’s needed
⇰ I can find out what other pages are linking to a specific website or webpage
⇰ I can find specific document types (like .ppt or .pdf) about specific topics
⇰ I can use the wildcard character to expand my searches
⇰ I can find old versions of website content when I encounter links that no longer work
⇰ I can filter out search results by telling Google to exclude pages with certain terms
⇰ I can limit search results to a specific domain (like .edu or .gov)
⇰ I can exclude search results from a specific domain (like .com or .biz)
⇰ I can filter out results based on reading levels
⇰ I can filter out searches based on when they were last updated
⇰ I can apply search criteria to find only mobile apps
⇰ I can find images filtered by creative commons licensing
⇰ I can find images that are similar to a chosen image
⇰ I can find images that match both keywords and desired color
⇰ I can find various types of images (photo, clip art, animated, etc.)
⇰ I can filter out image searches by image size
⇰ I can share the URL of a hosted image
- You don’t have to sign in, but if you do, Google will customize your search results based on what you have searched in the past and where you are.
- This can be convenient when going from computer to computer or device to computer.
- This is based on your geography, search history, stored cookies (see chrome://settings/cookies)
Simple Keyword Searches
- Google uses "natural" language whereas most databases rely on Boolean operators
- The "AND" operator is implied when using multiple words
- Use Ctrl + F (Cmd + F on Mac) to find specific words on a page!
- Word order matters!
Task 1: Who was Juan Seguin's father? (see my solution)
The default search yields website results, but you can use the other results categories to find specific types of results.
Task 2: Find recent news articles related to Lake Lewisville (see my solution)
Exact Phrase Searching
- Searching by exact phrase using quotation marks yields more accurate results
Task 3: I remember reading an interesting article. I don't remember what it was called but do remember the sentence: "They were no longer afraid to go outside." What was the name of the article?
- This is a great way to check suspicious sentences/phrases for plagiarism!
Searching with Operators
- allows you to search for content on a particular site
- example: cave formation site:.edu
example: "jim holland" site:www.aisd.net
example: elephant site:kids.nationalgeographic.com
Task 4: Search for yourself on the district's website
- (minus sign)
- allows you to exclude certain words or items
- example: "Texas Rangers" -baseball
Task 5: Find sites that tell about the effectiveness of vitamins but exclude any commercial websites
- shows what websites link to a certain site
- example: link:www.digitalgoonies.com
- example: link:http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus
Task 6: Use the link: operator to find out about this site: http://martinlutherking.org/ How did using this operator help in evaluating the validity of this site?
Whois Lookup method
- This helps you find documents that have already been created for your content!
- example: “The Giver” filetype:ppt (do not put a space after the colon)
- Includes the following: xls, xlsx. doc. docx. ppt. pptx. swf, kmz, most text files, pdf
Task 7: find a PowerPoint file that already exists for one of the units you teach.
- By reading Level
- By last updated
- Include apps only
Use the search tools to filter out your image search results based on various parameters:
Task 8: Find a photo of a waterfall that is labeled for non-commercial re-use
Color, Size, Type
Task 9: Find a medium sized clip-art of a frog that is labeled for re-use and has a transparent background.
- Try filtering by color!
- Try searching for similar images by clicking and dragging an image to the search bar!
Other Google Search Functions
- movies + zip - Example: movies 76063
- weather + zip
- time + zip (or country)
- flight status- Example: AA2345
- convert - C to F, ounces to ml, km to miles
- Example: 45 C to F
- Example: 148 ml to oz
- Example: 10K to miles
- Example: 60 tbsp to cups
- track your packages from UPS by putting in the tracking number
- maps + zip code
- set timer to 10 seconds