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Do you really know HOW to get the best search results out of Google? Some tips

I must admit, I learned a few things about searching with search engines like Google, and I thought (rather arrogantly ;-p) I was a bit of a power user. Apparently not...!

Have a look at this infographic by HackCollege.com and see if you come away with anything. Please add to the comments if you have any other tricks and tips you'd like to share.

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Comment by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 14:41

@Madelyn - thanks heaps for the encouraging comments and very useful keyboard shortcuts; @Monika thanks for the shortcuts...and I wonder why the infographic wouldn't print out? (but I loved your work around); @Richard...really pleased you found it useful, and thanks for taking the time to comment; and @Leigh...I have a big smile - what a great place to put an infographic!

For you lovely folk, and for anyone else who is a fan of keyboard shortcuts, I came across this (quite extensive) list of shortcuts that work in any browser. So, @Madelyn you should be able to keep your hands firmly on your keys for most things from now on ;-p!! 

xx Hazel :-)

Comment by Leigh Hynes on November 5, 2013 at 13:46

Great infographic, easy to understand and reminded me of lots of things I have forgotten about.  I need to post this on the toilet door or somewhere where my poor old brain can be trained into thinking - "Smartsearch"

Comment by Monika Kern on November 4, 2013 at 13:52

Very cool, thanks for sharing, I knew quite a few but not all :) On a windows PC screenshots work via Function+PrintScreen for the whole screen and Alt+Function+PrintScreen for your active window. On a Chromebook it's Control+Display, and on the iPad HomeButton+PowerButton.

I printed a copy of the Infographic to show my schools, to get print out legible I opened it in Paint and printed as 1to7 - still some funny cut offs, but it's legible. Enough techie trivia from me, I better go and apply my new Googling skills!

Comment by Richard Jones on November 4, 2013 at 12:31

Great post Hazel ! I knew there had to be more than just your average Boolean search tips. I just didn't know what else there was now. Thank you.

Comment by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on November 3, 2013 at 15:16

Another GREAT newsletter just arrived, Hazel - I wish I had the time to read everything you profiled.  What a great group is collecting here!

I started with the Google tips because I'm always excited about working more efficiently.  If YOU learned something, I was pretty sure I would find value in the time spent.  I did! 

The dictionary ("define:") and the unit converter (for metric to US measurements especially) were new to me, and will get lots of usage, I'm sure.  The Google Scholar review was all new info - and I'm grateful to have it here - I'm bookmarking!

I'm a champion keyboarder (only begrudgingly taking my hands off the home row to mouse around), so I already knew the keyboard shortcuts. I got a hit of feel-good as I powered through the review.  But I did NOT know that command+L to jump to the address bar.  Handy tip!

Thanks for posting.

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My tip:

Here's a keyboard shortcut I use constantly:

  1. command+A (think "all") to highlight an entire doc,
  2. then command+C ("copy")
  3. then locate the cursor where you want the new text (any doc that takes text)
  4. command+V to paste (think of the insertion mark editors of old used manually)

xx,

mgh

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