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Trissler: CIVICS 2020-21 Research Unit: Google Advanced Search

TOOL BOX & ASSIGNMENT: GOOGLE ADV. SEARCH

I. Google Short Code Tips

LIMITING/NARROWING SEARCHES:

a) Use NOUNS and "NOUN PHRASES"  ONLY!

Example:

"giant octopus"  "Pacific Ocean"

 

b) Use "   " around "exact name"/"noun phrase"/"direct quote"

   =   "Exact words in this exact order"

Examples:

"Thomas Jefferson"

"United States Secret Service"

"to be or not to be"

 

c) Use the MINUS SIGN - directly in front of idea to omit

Removes an unwanted aspect/result

Examples:  salsa -dancing

                    chocolate -dark

 

d) Require website to have a specific Top Level Domain

Examples:

site:gov

site:edu

site:org

specific organization's webpages: site:uri,edu/marine

 

EXPANDING/INCREASING RESULTS

a) Truncation or  adding * at end of root word

    gives all possible endings!

    Examples:

    friend*  = friend, friends, friendly, friendship

    sweet* = sweet, sweetly, sweeter, sweetness

 

b) combine synonyms (terms and/or phrases) with OR

    OR = MORE: both terms or "phrases" will be in results!

Examples:

"global warming" OR "climate change"

dog* OR canine*

GRADED ACTIVITY

Create a search string using your search terms and "search phrases" and limit your results for Top Level Domains: site:org  or site:gov

 

Choose a website that best fits the A-B-C-D-E Criteria for your topic

 

Save website to Noodletools Project! (See Videocast for Review!)

Number of Indexed Webarticles on the WWW

Not Scholarly/Not Accepted for School Projects

Wikipedia Articles

/blogs

Efficient Google Searching

Google Advanced Searching from Google Search Box

1) SHORT CODE TO RETRIEVE GREAT WEBSITES IN GOOGLE [regular search box] !

"Phrases of 2+ words"   site:gov (top level domain suffix/domain)    -term (eliminates term w/i search results)     truncation: rootofword*

Google Search Tips Video

DEMO: Three Google Short Code Searches

GOOGLE SEARCH CHALLENGE:

Create a Search String of search terms and/or "search phrases" to find the answers in Google

TIP/Remember: use the site:top level domain limiter LAST in the search string!

1) Identify a zoo in Massachusetts that is the home of both of these animals: an Australian Walking Stick and a Rosy Boa.

 

2) What is the name of the Brown University Javanese music ensemble that is made up of gongs and percussion instruments?