1. How would you search for an exact word or phrase?

Depending on your operating system, you can search for an exact word or phrase by using Control-F (PC users) or Command F (Mac Users).  In addition, many browsers have a “find” box.  If you are having difficulty locating this box, the control/command keys will be of great use!  Regarding a phrase, another best practice is to use quotes to help you specifically locate your phrase.  Quotation marks embed your text to express to google that you are looking for that exact phrase with those words in the exact order.

  1. How would you search for something on a specific site?

You want to choose the right words that best describe what you are looking for.  Every word counts as does the way you position your search.  Use appropriate word choices that will help zero in on what you are looking for specifically.

  1. How would you correctly search for a definition?

In the standard google webpage, you can type the word “define” followed by a colon followed by the word.  Submitting that search will provide you with a definition to the word you have entered, followed by additional webpages pertaining to the word in general.

Ex: define: education

  1. How would you search for a specific product available within a specific price range?

Google catches on to characters such as the “+” sign, “%” sign and even the “$” sign.  Using the “$” sign will help filter the price range of the specific product you are looking for.  For a specific product within a certain range, type the product, followed by use the “$” sign followed by the lowest price first, “..”, “$” highest price.

Ex: GoPro Hero $250..$500

  1. How would you search for a specific filetype?

To search for a specific filetype, enter your search words on Google’s search engine, followed by filetype, a colon, the file type (ex: DOCX, PPT, PDF), followed by a period.

Ex: holiday lyrics:DOCX.

  1. How would you include or ignore words in your search?

Type the specific word(s) you wish to include in your search followed by a minus sign followed directly by the word you wish to ignore.  Ensure there is a space after your search and the word(s) you wish to ignore.  There should not be a space between the word(s) you wish to ignore and the minus sign (-).

Ex: Blue Jays -Encarnacion

  1. How would you find sites/pages similar to an existing one?

In order to find site/pages that are similar to an existing one, type “related:” followed by the existing page.

  1. How would you confirm the exact form of a quote even if you were missing some of the words?

Use asterisks to replace missing words in quotes.  This will help filter your search.

Ex: Entering “For a minute I was * cold *” will direct you to the lyrics of James Arthur’s song, “Say you won’t let go”.

  1. How would search for pages containing two connected words?

The tilde symbol,”~”, represents a connection and is placed between a pair of words.

Ex: curling~iron

  1. How would you search for social media content containing a specific tag?

Searching for social media content pertaining a specific tag has become second nature to everyone active on social media in the 21st century.  By simply using “@” followed by a name/account, you can search directly for one’s social media account or tag them in a post.  In addition using “#” followed by a word or combined phrase helps filter and search for specific content.

Ex: @vasilka_j is a twitter handle and #CEID100 helps filter any searches pertaining to this course

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