To provide perspective on why you need help to reach the best sources of information, we are going to use some numbers:
You get the point. The numbers are staggering!
Getting Google to search its index and display results in its SERPs (search engine results pages) to provide the most pertinent answers to your question is the trick. We’re going to teach you the art of Googling.
Before we get into it. Yes, Googling is a word. It’s the present participle of the verb Google and included in the Oxford English Dictionary since 15 June 2006.
There are simple ways to get Google to serve up the content you want. You just need to know how. Using the methods below will refine your search results and save you time. The best part, it’s easy and even better, you can always refer to this blog if you forget. Let’s get going.
When searching for an exact phrase, use quotation marks before and after the phrase, e.g.
This is useful if you want Google to search inside a specific site and not in its entire database. A good example would be Wikipedia or Wall Street Journal. Here are some examples:
How many times do people quote a phrase during conversation or a history and science lecture and our answer is “I’ll Google it later”? It’s a daily occurrence for many of us. Then, days later, we sit down open Google and we can only remember part of what they told us. Google can help. For a missing word/s in the phrase, use an asterisk *. This is how:
If you are looking for a document saved as a specific file type like PDF or PPT (PowerPoint), here’s how to search for it:
NB: You can place the subject before or after the file type.
Let’s say you want to find similar sites to the ones you normally use. It’s easy. Let’s presume you use webmd.com to get medical perspectives or engineering.com for engineering resources. This is how you search:
Google’s algorithm provides the most relevant answers to your questions in the quickest time. When you enter a search term, Google’s algorithm matches the keywords in your search with the copy on website pages, blogs and articles.
Website copy doesn’t mimic the way humans talk to each other. The first reason is people are lazy, we don’t like to read. So, the format for website copy (text on web pages or in blogs) is to get the message across simply and quickly. Second, most websites are businesses or organisations and the copy is normally fairly formal.
Therefore, when Googling the more to the point and formal your search terms are, the better the results will be. Use the words most pertinent to the answer you want, don’t ‘pad’ the search with unnecessary words such as ‘my’, ‘as’ and ‘to’. Here are some examples:
We would be careless if we didn’t mention these two Google search options:
Let’s have some fun. You can make Google do some really cool stuff you probably didn’t know about.
Thank you for reading this post. How lucky you are to have a team at The Fields where we provide excellent off-campus accommodation in Pretoria. Just like Google, we provide multiple solutions to your accommodation needs and actually care about you and all students and that’s why we started this blog. Check out our other posts: there are tons of helpful articles that will make your university life better. Like to see a blog on a particular subject email us. It’s you that keeps us motivated and going strong, see you soon.
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