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  • We're going to talk about how to do an effective search online.

  • If your browser has a built-in search bar (or supports searching in the address bar),

  • you can use that for convenience. Or you can go straight to the search engine you want.

  • I'm going to use Google.

  • The truth is, Google is a very good search engine. Most of the time, it can find what

  • you're looking for, even if you don't know what you're doing. But it can't hurt to learn

  • a few strategies.

  • Say we're looking for recipes online, but we're not sure what we want to make. We'll

  • keep it simple and just start typing the word "recipes."

  • This prompts the search box to give us a list of suggestions. Suggestions are great because

  • they can give you an idea for a search that you might not have thought of. You can click

  • one of the suggestions, or just keep typing. As you can see, you don't need to worry about

  • case, punctuation, or even using complete sentences. Hopefully we'll find some good

  • cookie recipes.

  • These are our search results. There are also some ads at the top, and sometimes you'll

  • find them to the right too. If you see what you're looking for, you can click the link

  • to go to the webpage. If not, you may want to reconsider your search terms; for example,

  • you could make them more specific, or search for different words all together.

  • Suppose we don't want cookies with chocolate in them. We can tell the search engine to

  • exclude those results by typing a hyphen (or a minus sign)… followed by the word we want

  • to exclude. Notice that there is no space after the hyphen. So it's "recipes cookies

  • -chocolate."

  • This should have gotten rid of all of the chocolate chip cookie recipes. There's still

  • a pretty good variety to choose from. But I see that there's sort of a sugar cookie

  • recipe here, and that sounds really goodso I'm going to try searching for that to

  • get as many recipes as I can.

  • We want to put "sugar cookies" in quotes so Google searches for that specific phrase.

  • Otherwise, we might get results for other types of cookies that just happen to have

  • sugar in the ingredients.

  • These results look good because we have a lot of recipes to choose from, and they're

  • all pretty much what we're looking for.

  • However, we could refine them even more using the options below the search box.

  • Here, we have different types of content to choose from, like images, maps, and shopping.

  • To view even more options, open the menu that says More.

  • This is also where you can access special search tools that'll let you filter your results.

  • These options will change depending on what you're looking for, giving you even more control

  • over the pages, resources, and other things that you find.

  • For now, why don't we do a visual search for cookie recipes by switching over to Images?

  • Now we can just browse through pictures to see if there's anything we like.

  • These look really good

  • But wouldn't it be great if we could just watch a video to learn how to make cookies?

  • We can do that. All we have to do is switch over to Videosagain, using the options

  • near the top of the page.

  • This will give us a lot of how-to videos, which should really come in handy.

  • Now you can experiment with your own search terms. And just remember that most of the

  • time, more specific search terms yield better results.

We're going to talk about how to do an effective search online.

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    Pedroli Li posted on 2016/05/24
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