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Google Power Searching – Class 6

July 23, 2012

Class 6 – Putting it all together

This will be a short class, with just three lessons.

  • Combining methods
  • Think broadly
  • Summary

Combining methods

  • Combine operators for stronger searches.
  • Operators can be placed anywhere in the query without affecting the results. For example: [black cats site:com] is equivalent to [site:com black cats].

As you might remember Daniel introduced certain search operators, like site:  or filetype: or intext:  in class 3.

Below you can see two example queries with a combination of search operators. The second query uses as well OR and the minus sign to exclude the sit.

  • [ filetype:pdf household spending]
  • [nasa environmental management OR policy site:gov OR site:mil]

That was the actual question, concerning the second query above.

“You work for an environmental services company. NASA’s website indicates that the agency is a model of sustainability. You want to get a better notion of what others think about their environmental management. You decide to look at what other government (.gov) or military (.mil) organizations have to say about NASA’s programs. You do not want to see results from itself.

You know that you want the following elements in your search: [nasa environmental management OR policy]; .mil sites; .gov sites; but NOT anything from Go to a new tab and search for this information in Google.”

Combining all these search operators in one query greatly helps you to refine your search and get the results you are looking for. Be creative and try it out 😉

Think broadly – outside the box

  • Conduct research effectively with tools that are not traditionally used for research.
  • Combine methods and approaches to find information efficiently.
  • Use tools that are not traditionally used for research, like Maps and Streetview.
  • On tablets, it’s best to use the Google Maps application instead of looking at streetview in the browser.

“Is there moos on all sites in Stonehenge?” was the question asked by Daniel to create a case. How would you search for that? I wasn’t sure, thought about looking for moos and their living requirements or …? I might have come up with an answer, being lucky that someone already asked the question and posted it into the web, but I might have also without an answer. Daniel used a complete different approach which I would have never thought of.

He went to Google map, typed Stonehenge,

then clicked on the satellite button on the right side of the map,

zoomed in  and used Pegman, the orange guy, above the zoom feature on the left map side.

Now you can walk through Stonehenge and determine whether on all sites in Stonehenge moos grows.


Daniel used the summary to encouraged searchers using all the facilities/tools that google has to provide and to identify ways to continue learning how to be an effective searcher. He suggested a couple of links to keep ourself updated on Google Search tools. I would recommend the

The suggested Official Google Blog is not focused on searching in particular.

Well, that was it.

8 days Power Searching with Google.

Now it is time to take the post-class assessment. Fingers crossed.

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