In this day and age, the amount of information available online is huge. And it can be found using high end search engines like Google in a matter of minutes. To the extent that ‘googling’ has become a verb rather than a name for some website we visit. Finding out about what dress you should wear or even getting information about quantum physics are just a few clicks away.
The downside to this ocean of information is that we need to filter a lot of sources for the information that we need. And this process of sifting can take up hours instead of minutes. This is why the team at Tapoos Tower have googled a list of methods that can help you search Google like a professional researcher. And get to the information you need in a matter of seconds.
1. Either This or That
It is very common that we can’t remember correctly the names of the information that we need. Or are confused about the exact names. This however can be solved simply by using the “|” symbol or by separating the two confusing words by “or”. The results are then easier to figure out.
2. Searching Using Synonyms
If you want to look up all instances of some word or find out all the websites on a given topic instead of just looking up the exact phrases in your keywords simply add the “~ ” symbol to your search.
For example you can use “healthy ~ food” to get results related for healthy foods. Recipes, nutritional values and the likes.
3. Website Specific Search
Often times you want to share or reread an article from a specific website. The easiest way to find such articles is to type the name of the website and then any keyword or the entire phrase you can remember from the article and it would pop out immediately.
4. The Asterisk
Sometimes our memory deceives us and we can’t recall that exact key word or phrase that we saw in the original piece of information. Its times like these when the asterisk comes to help. Whenever you can’t remember that exact word or phrase simply put in the “*” symbol in its place.
5. Entire Phrases Missing
If there are entire chunks of words missing from your memory and you want a ‘fill in the blank’ sorta search, using the keyword “AROUND (the approximate number of missing words)” will help you locate the phrase. For example “I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
6. Using a Specific Time Duration
At times you need information that is strictly time bound within a certain period of time. For this you can use three dots between the dates you are trying to look into. For example if you want to search for some events in the 19th century you can use:
7. Searching for a Specific URL
If the words you are looking for are those in a title or in a URL you can type “intitle:” or “inurl:”
8. Similar Websites
If you’re looking for websites similar to a certain topic you can type “related:” before the address of the website and you can find out all most searched related websites to that you’re looking at.
9. Entire Phrases
Putting the entire term within quotation marks will simply search the text you’ve typed in the exact order.
10. Unimportant Search Words
To remove any unwanted search words from your query, you can add a “-“ symbol. For example if you’re looking for books but not buying them, you can use: