FAST FIVE: Tips for better Google searching
- Never type full sentences or questions into your search. Choose key search terms--the better the terms, the better your results (more specific, higher level vocabulary yields smarter sites!). Remember, the words you type are the words you will find.
- Always use Google's tabs to filter your results. When searching news, images, or video, the "Tools"tab is very valuable. It will help you narrow your results to a within a designated period of time, a certain video length, or exclude particular image types, for example. See screen shot 1, below.
- Google helps you to trust your websites! Use the drop down menu on your results page to read more about the website (and if it doesn't have one, or it's a "Wiki" anything, move on!) See screen shot 2, below.
- Read the snippet! Snippet: Below the URL is text that helps show how the page relates to your query. The words you search for will show in bold to make it easier for you to decide if the page has what you're looking for--or if it's too complex.
- To find the key words you're looking for on a specific page, CNTRL + F helps you find them, fast! by opening a search bar for that webpage. Words are highlighted throughout the page for you!