In our era of advancement and search engines, you can get any information with snap of fingers. In the span of just a few minutes even the theory of wave-particle duality. But more often than not, we have to shift through an immense body of knowledge to get the data we need, and this can take hours sometimes rather than minutes. So, we have put together a list of the most effective ways of searching Google to assist you find the exact information you’re looking for with just a couple of clicks.
1. Use Synonyms
We have synonym rich language. Sometimes this can be very assisting when doing online research. If you require finding websites on a given subject rather than those that include a very specific phrase, add the “~” symbol to your search words.
For example, if you find for the term “healthy ~food” you’ll get results about the principles of healthy eating, cooking recipes, as well as healthy dining options.
2. This OR That
Sometimes we’re not very sure that we accurately remember the information or the name we need to start our search with. But this shouldn’t be a problem! Simply put in a few potential words of what you’re looking for, and separate them by typing the “|“ symbol or you can also use an “or”. It will give you two most convenient options.
3. Put A Time Frame
Many times, we urgently need to acquaint ourselves with events that occurred during a certain period of time. To do so, you can add a time frame to your search query with the help of three dots between the dates. For example, if we want to find out about scientific discoveries during the 20th century, we can write like above.
4. Searching For URL
To help find the keywords and name of one article, type “intitle:“ before the search term, without any spaces between them. In order to find the words from a URL, use ”inurl:”.
5. Unimportant Search Words
To totally remove unimportant search words from your query, simply type a minus symbol before each. For example, if you wish to find a site about some interesting books, but you aren’t looking to buy them, you can write like in above image.
6. Find Your Missing Words
If it’s the lengthier half of the phrase you cannot remember rather than a single keyword, try writing out the first and last words and putting “AROUND + (the approximate number of missing words)“ between them. For example, ”I wandered AROUND(4) cloud.”
7. How To Find Similar Websites
If you’ve got something you like online and want to surf similar websites, type in “related:” and then the address of the site, without any space between them.