Here are 10 tips on how to use Google search efficiently for finding exactly what you want:
1) Searching Only a Specific WebsiteUsing the site: Operator
Suppose, you want to search only a single website and that website does not have a search feature or that website's search feature is not showing the result that you want. In such cases, use the site: operator to search that inclusively with Google. You will be using typing site:websitetosearch.com search keywords.
For example: You want to search lawcommission.gov.np for dairy act, you just go to Google search and type
site:lawcommission.gov.np dairy act
This would search the law commission website of Nepal for dairy act. The most relevant results will be on the top.
2) Find a Certain Type of DocumentUsing the filetype: operator
If you want to find only a certain type of document such as pdf or doc, you can easily use filetype: operator to define the type of file that you want.
For example: You are looking pdf files related to the topic Cognitive Dissonance. You will type the following in search-
filetype:pdf Cognitive Dissonance
Adobe Reader pdf documents related to Cognitive Dissonance will be displayed in the search results. You are more likely to find publications this way.
3) Search for Exact KeywordsUsing quotations ""
Sometimes while searching, you will want to find pages which contain the exact keywords in the order that you type in. Those pages have a high chance of being relevant to what you are searching for. For this, you can use the quotation operator to surround "your keywords".
For example: In the search box type
"how to prepare for a job interview"
You will come across pages that contain this exact keyword in the same order.
4) Exclude Certain WordsUsing -Minus Sign
If you want to exclude a certain undesired keyword from your search results, you can use the -sign, exactly in front of the keyword(s) that you want to exclude.
For example: If you are searching for Justin and don't want results about Justin Bieber or Justin Timberlake, you will type the following into the search box-
Justin -Bieber -Timberlake
Most celebrity news and articles related to Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake will be excluded from your search results. This is just an example.
5) Use Wild CardsUsing * Operator
If you forget a certain part of a phrase that you are searching for, then you can use the asterix (*) operator to fill in the blanks.
For example: You remember a Consumer Behavior book called Consumer Behavior and then you only remember the final word of the title of this book which is "Being". For completing the blanks in between just type in the search box-
Consumer Behavior * Being
The part in the asterix will be filled up automagically and intelligently by Google. You will come with results such as Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having and Being.
6) Search for TitleUsing intitle: Operator
If you want to search for webpages or documents that have a certain keywords included in their document title, then you will be using intitle: operator.
For example: To search for pages having the title Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having, And Being you will have to type-
intitle:"Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having, And Being"
Notice, how I combined two Google search operators intitle: and "quotation marks" to specify the topic that I am searching for. That brings us to our next point that is
7) Combine Search OperatorsYou can easily combine search operators that I have listed in tips 1 to 6 above. Using this technique, you can further refine your search results.
For example: Search for-
filetype:doc consumer behavior * being intitle:chapter
site:answers.yahoo.com Hollywood -"tom cruise" intitle:"action movies"
The second search is just not normal and I do not know why anyone would search for anything absurd like it. I just gave it as an example and the search is pretty self-explanatory. Give it a try.
8) Use Google Scholars and Google Book SearchGoogle Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) is a knowledge mine filled with scholarly articles. You can search through scholarly literature from different disciplines. You can go through books, abstracts, theses, research articles, published journals and what not. These are useful to for literature reviews and to bring in other researched facts to your paper.
You can search by using different operators such as-
author:"Author Name"- To search for papers by a certain author
"Title of the paper"- To search for scholarly articles with the exact title match
Also try Google Books (http://books.google.com) and search for what you want there. You will find matching results directly from books. Those are helpful if you want to get some in-depth knowledge in your topic.
9) Find Related WebsitesUsing related: operator
You can find similar websites like the ones that you know of to expand your information sources.
To find sites which are similar to the Nepal Journals Online website- nepjol.info
10) Use Google For CalculationsUse Google to quickly perform different calculations and conversions when you are online.
For mathematical calculations. Example Search for division-
For currency conversion. Example search for USD to NPR conversion-
44.50 USD = NPR
For converting units. Example search-
50 kilogram = pound
Find meaning of words. Example search-