We all use Google every day to search for information. Here are a few tips to make your life easier while searching!
Tip 1: The Best Of
Are you looking for inspiration or something to watch? Try searching ‘best films of 2015’. Google will bring up the most popular, trending and most talked about films of the year!
Tip 2: Google Images
Do you have an image of something or somebody that you want to find out more about? Or are you looking for a similar image to one you already have?
Google image search offers many options to find exactly what you’re looking for. Simply go to Google, click ‘images’ and you will see a camera icon. Click this, select your image to upload and let Google work it’s magic.
This search we did showed the actor’s name and even the film the photo was from. DON’T FORGET – you should never take images from Google to use yourself – see our blog post for more information.
Tip 3: Searching Specifics
We have all made searches that have returned results that we weren’t quite expecting, or not specific enough for what we’re looking for. Using simple ‘operators’ can help filter our results to find exactly what we are looking for.
Minus sign (-)
This will remove specific words from your search or even specific domains. The below search shows all bread recipes which don’t include yeast.
Quotation marks (” “)
Quotation marks are used to search for exact phrases. This is very useful to find songs that you can only remember one sentence from, for example.
There are a lot of other characters you can play around with:
- OR word or “|” character
- Plus sign (+)
- Asterisk (*) character
- Double Periods (..)
- Parenthesis (())
Tip 4: Use Words That Websites Would Use
This is very important. When people use Google search, they generally search for things using the same language that they would use for speaking. Unfortunately, websites don’t say things the way people do; instead, they try to use language that sounds professional. Below are some examples:
- ‘I have a flat tyre’ could be replaced by ‘repair a flat tyre.’
- ‘My head hurts’ could be replaced by ‘headache relief.’
There are many different examples for this. When searching, try to use terminology you would find on a professional website. This will help you get more reliable results.