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Google Search Tips: How to Get Better (and Faster!) Results

How can we tame the “beast” that is Google and get it to work for us? Here are some quick Google search tips to help:

1. Keep your search terms simple and use only the main words. For example, if you are looking for information on asthma in children who live in New York City, enter: asthma children NYC

2. If you are looking for specific approaches, add more terms: asthma diet supplements relaxation yoga

3. Use relevant synonyms if you’re not finding what you need. For example: asthma herbs “herbal medicine” supplements vitamins

4. If you are searching a phrase, put it in quotes. For example, “ear acupuncture” (in quotes) will return 268,000 results, narrowed down from 2,360,000 results if you had typed ear acupuncture without quotes.

 5. You can limit your searches to educational sites, government sites or organizational sites to help find more credible information by typing the word “site” followed by a colon and then .edu, .gov or .org, respectively, after your search terms. For example, to look up information about using biofeedback to treat migraine:

• for educational sites, type biofeedback migraine
• for government sites, type biofeedback migraine
• for organizational sites, type biofeedback migraine

Or, to include all these sites (.edu, .gov and .org) but to eliminate commercial sites, you can just type a minus sign before “” For example: anxiety meditation –

 6. To ensure the websites you retrieve are focused on your area of interest, you can require the search word to appear in the site title by typing “Intitle:” before your search word. For example, Intitle:fibromyalgia will yield 916,000 results, versus 15,600,000 results if you had just typed fibromyalgia.!
Sophia Anne Walker's curator insight, October 31, 2013 1:50 PM

Oh great! Thanks for the new tips healthbyesync!

Radio Ink Magazine

Serial Internet entrepreneur Michael Robertson is at it again. Robertson has launched, calling it "the world's first radio search engine." If you're a Luke Bryan fan, a Metallica fan, or a Jay-Z fan, all you have to do is type the artist's name in the search box and every radio station playing Luke Bryan will appear. You can stick with that station if you like the next song or click on the artist's name you originally typed in the search engine on the right side of the website. A list of songs playing from that artist are waiting for you to listen to. You can also listen to your local stations, which appear on the site when you first go to

Robertson says, "Listeners are presented with an array of listening options that invite users to move smoothly between a no-effort radio experience or a near-demand experience. A recommendation engine identifies 20 similar songs likely of interest. A chart ranks other popular songs in that genre. A traditional skip button advances to a new related song. Together, these options allow listeners to fine tune their audio experience from hands-off radio to playing just old favorites or new hits. Unlike other radio services, there's no limit on fast forwarding, plus users can search for and play specific songs."

Example links -- Play local stations, locate trending songs and popular shows -- Get a list every Metallica song playing on radio -- List all stations playing Katy Perry's "Roar" -- Listen to any Beatles song being broadcast -- Find a list of songs playing on top Chill stations -- Find a list of songs playing on top Country stations!
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Eight tips to help students find reliable information in web searches

7 Don't settle for the first hit. Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines are built to filter out and sort search results based on their assumed relevance to the original query, but they're not perfect. The top return may not be the most reliable one but rather the most-visited site or the result of a calculated attempt to manipulate a search engine by including keywords designed to artificially improve a site's prominence in search results. Students should always look at multiple pages to find the best, most reliable info.

Example: Search for "drug trafficking" on Google, and the top result is a Wikipedia article on the subject. Just below it, however, is a study on the topic by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an official -- and presumably more reliable -- source.

8 Learn how to search. To help eliminate some of the steps in sorting the good results from the bad, learning to use a search engine's more advanced settings is important. Locate and explore the filters in your search engine of choice to help refine results on the front end based on criteria such as creation date and region, reading level, previously visited pages and specific types of media (images, videos, news, etc.). For younger users, it may be useful to try search engines such as or, which allow queries to be entered as a question instead of as individual keywords.

Example: Users can keep up to date on the developing situation in Syria by searching for the country's name in Google's "news" section or by using a "creation date" filter to limit results to only those sites that have been updated within the last day, week or month.

Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.   ;!
Meagan Lucas's curator insight, October 2, 2014 3:10 PM

1 Be suspicious and follow the trail of breadcrumbs.

- Don't trust the validity of a page that quotes another source.

- It's always best to track information and statements back to their originator.


2 Where is the money coming from?

- Look for an "About Us" or similar section and find out more about the site's owner. 

- Some organizations may have connections with others, producing biased information


3 Know your domain.

- The .com and .org domains originally distinguished for-profit and nonprofit groups but now are unrestricted and can be used by either.

- Some .org sites could actually be run by companies with a commercial interest to protect or promote.

- Seek information from more trustworthy sites: academic (.edu), military (.mil) or governmental (.gov). 

4 Numbers are good; newer numbers are better.

- Look for out of date information.

- Always search for most recent studies. 

- Also, look at the sample sizes and eliminate those conclusions based on a limited group. 


5 Need a book? Read one online.

- Millions of books, periodicals and other documents have been uploaded, in full, to free online libraries such as Google Books, The Gutenberg Project and Haithi Trust.

6 Wikipedia is a gateway, not a source.

- Wikipedia is compiled by volunteers, many of whom are not academics.

- The inclusion of a reference section is a great place to begin research.

- Use Wikipedia to become familiar with a topic in broad strokes.

7 Don't settle for the first hit. Google, Yahoo, or Bing

- The top return may not be the most reliable one but rather the most-visited site.

- Students should always look at multiple pages to find the best, most reliable info.


8 Learn how to search.

- Learning to use a search engine's more advanced settings is important.

- Locate and explore the filters in your search engine of choice to help refine results on the front end based on criteria such as creation date and region, reading level, previously visited pages and specific types of media (images, videos, news, etc.).

- It may be useful to try search engines such as or

Despite Strong Earnings, Google Is Still Stymied by Mobile

While Google’s most lucrative business, search on desktop computers, is slowing, the search giant has not yet figured out how to make equivalent profits on mobile devices.!
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Five key figures: Google's Q4 earnings | ZDNet

Forget the search giant's war with Wall Street over expectations -- there's plenty of interest in Google's latest quarterly results.!
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Earnings season is swinging into high gear and today\'s big player is Google. The internet giant just announced its earnings for the fourth quarter of!
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Google Maps 150,000 supporters in German link tax fight | ZDNet

Google has notched up thousands of supporters in its ongoing copyright law battle in Germany, a battle that, should it lose, would see it forced to pay news sites for aggregating their content.!
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Google under pressure ahead of earnings - The Buzz - Investment and Stock Market News

Click chart for more on Google stock.

Google is reporting earnings after the bell Tuesday and all eyes will be on the search giant's expenses as it transitions deeper into other markets.!
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What will the new Google search mean for teachers?

As plans for Google's Knowledge Graph and new search emerge, Ben Morse explores the impact these developments will have on education and people working in schools!
Marla Robles's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:19 AM

Google is knowledge for the classroom.

Search engine visits up by 400 million y-o-y in December

UK Internet users made 2.7 billion visits to search engines in December 2012, up 400 million from the same period in 2011, Experian has...!
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Searching for Relevance: Yahoo Aiming to Be the “Google of Content”

If content is king on the Web, can the Silicon Valley Internet giant rule over that content?!
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Are Search Engines Driving Libraries To Extinction? Not Quite Yet

With today’s instant anywhere-anytime access to Google, Bing and Wolfram Alpha, where searching for information takes scant heartbeats via an internet-connected device, some people regard physical libraries as a quaint relic of a forgotten age.!
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Report: Google made €50 million copyright offer, French publishers want €100 million

As Google gets bogged down with the French government over a so-called “internet tax,” the newspaper Le Monde reports that the search giant tried and failed to reach a large-scale copyright deal before Christmas.!
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What Makes a Mind? Kurzweil and Google May be Surprised | MIT Technology Review

One AI researcher suggests that an ambitious plan to build a more intelligent machine may be flawed.!
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How Search Engines are Performing in China at the End of 2012

2012 was a year of disruption, frustration, and lost users for search engines operating in China – and here's how the market shares stand right now.!
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Baidu Testing Facial Recognition Search; Similar To Google's "Search By Image"

The most popular search engine in China, Baidu, is reportedly working on a new image search feature for facial recognition.!
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How Larry Page is making Google faster, more focused, and more successful

it's been nearly two years since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO, after Eric Schmidt held the position for a decade. Fortune has just released a look at his reign, with details on how...!
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The future according to Google's Larry Page - Fortune Tech

Google CEO Larry Page envisions a future in which computers plan your vacations, drive your cars, and anticipate your whims. Audacious? Maybe. But Page’s dreams have a way of coming true.!
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China shuts down Internet search engine - The Economic Times

China has shut down a local Internet search engine blacklisted by the US for its notoriety to carry pirate content.!
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Free search engine connects classrooms with science and technology

An educational search engine funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has gone mobile just in time for the holidays with the Dec. 16 release of an iPad app.!
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20+ Free Online Libraries - Getting Smart

It’s a shame more people are not aware of the wide array of free online libraries. Databases, books, videos, audio recordings and e-books are available, just waiting to be viewed and used.!
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European Panel Is Pressuring Google on Privacy Rules

European data protection officials are drafting plans to censure Google over its online privacy policy if the company does not eventually meet regulators' demands to revise it.!
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Can Google build a future beyond search? - Channel 4 News

It may be hard to imagine using the web without Google, but the internet's short history has seen many giants rise and fall.!
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Staying off the search engine's grid | Living Off the Grid: Free Yourself

How to remove adware, spyware and change your Search engine to one that does not collect, store or share any information about you.

Admittedly, its hard to stay off all the grids all the time. Sometimes you worry about energy – another time its the pesky info-theft by the big companies after your marketing profile.

All major search engines collect, store and share search data – that is how they make much of their money. Some, such as Google claim that the data is held in a way which is “anonymous and untraceable” but that is not always the case. Certainly Google can assist any state or law enforcement organisation with a legitimate enquiry (for a small fee).!
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