Tutorial Activity (Week 5) – Google Syntax


Our tutorial activity for week 5 required us to learn how to properly use Google. We had answer the following questions:

1. How to search for an exact word or phrase:

Use quotation marks.

2. How to search for something on a specific site:

Precede your query with site: if you know you want your answer from within a specific site or type of site (.org, .edu). For example: site:edu or site:nytimes.com.

3. How to correctly search for a definition:

Put define: in front of any word to get its definition.

4. How to search for a specific product available within a specific price range:

Stay within your budget by searching only for items within a number range by putting a string .. between amounts.

5. How to search for a specific filetype:

Search for specific types of files, such as PDFs, PPTs, or XLS, by adding filetype: and the 3-letter file abbreviation.

6. How to include or ignore words in your search:

Highlight common words and characters such as the and & if they are essential to your search (as in a movie or book title) by putting quotation marks “the” around them. You can also use the minus – sign to specify particular items you don’t want in your results, like ingredients in a recipe.

7. How to find related pages:

Use the related: operator to find pages that have similar content by typing related: followed by the website address. For instance, if you find a website you like, try using related:[insert URL] to locate similar websites.

8. How to find a topic, searching all available synonyms of a word:

Get results that include synonyms by placing the ~ sign immediately in front of your search term. A search for Christmas ~dessert recipes, for instance, will return results for desserts, along with candy, cookies and other treats.

9. How to find the time in another country:

To see what time it is anywhere in the world, search time and the city or country.


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