Simple subject, right?
This may seem like a juvenile topic, however, I continue to see people who (I believe) are not leveraging Google to its fullest extent. There is more to searching the World Wide Web than just entering basic search terms. Believe it or not, there are people who research how people use Google – the anthropology of online searching.
Here is a general overview of how I go about googling:
- Utilize context clues from your initial search in subsequent searches.
- Utilize filters to make your search more specific and to exclude unwanted material (see Web Search Filters below).
- Utilize keyboard shortcuts to cut down on time – which I equate to using a power screwdriver versus a regular screwdriver (see Browser Shortcuts below).
- Bookmark frequently visited sites and utilize them in your web filters.
- Tab management: save and close to read another day; control your number of opened tabs by prioritizing and bookmarking for later reference.
Web Search Filters
|Search Filter||Search Example|
|Specific Terms||“hydraulic fracturing”|
|Exclude Terms||“hydraulic fracturing” -fracking|
|Specific Domain||“hydraulic fracturing” -fracking site:.gov|
|Exclude Domain||“hydraulic fracturing” -fracking site:.gov -site:epa.gov|
|Specific File Format||“hydraulic fracturing” -fracking site:.gov -site:epa.gov filetype:pdf|
|Ctrl + L||Puts focus on the “omnibar”|
|Ctrl + F||Text search in HTML, PDF, PPT, or other document|
|Ctrl + T||Open new tab|
|Ctrl + W||Close current tab|
|Ctrl + Tab||Move one tab to the right|
|Ctrl + Shift + Tab||Move one tab to the Left|
|Alt + Right/Left Arrow||Go Forward/Back one page (GREAT FOR LAPTOPS)|