Searching card catalog:
1. Using the library catalog: keep your search broad…search more than once: think of key words.
2. For database searching
Basic Search (with natural language default)
3. Natural Language / Phrase Search
4. Advanced Search
- Keyword: “building fences” AND Mexico ; Document Title: immigration
- Boolean: “intelligent design” AND “theory of evolution”
- Document Title: Shiite Muslim (Transcripts only, then sort by date)
- Document Title: “science fair project”
5. Picture / Maps
- Picture: American Revolution (publication: Bridgeman Art)
- Picture: Saddam Hussein
- Maps: Native American
6. Video (click check box only under Audio/Video icon)
- Blood Flow
- Baseball (baseball slang)
Tip 1: Start with the basics
No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like
where's the closest airport?. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary.
If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. For example,
Tip 2: Search using your voice
Tired of typing? Say "Ok Google" or choose the microphone icon to search using your voice.
Tip 3: Choose words carefully
When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. For example, instead of saying
my head hurts, say
headache, because that’s the word a medical site would use.
Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things
New York Timesis the same as a search for
new york times.
Tip 5: Find quick answers
For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Some features, like information about sports teams, aren't available in all regions.
weatherto see the weather in your location or add a city name, like
weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place.
definein front of any word to see its definition.
3*9123, or solve complex graphing equations.
3 dollars in euros.
|Symbol||How to use it|
Search for Google+ pages or blood types
||Find social tags
Find popular hashtags for trending topics
||When you use a dash before a word or site, it excludes sites with that info from your results. This is useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
||When you put a word or phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in the same order as the ones inside the quotes. Only use this if you're looking for an exact word or phrase, otherwise you'll exclude many helpful results by mistake.
||Add an asterisk as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. .
||Separate numbers by two periods without spaces to see results that contain numbers in a range.