Tech-Tip Friday – Be a Super-Searcher

May 22, 2015 Categories: Tech-Tip-Friday

Happy end of the week! I hope its been a good one. I’ve been busy working in schools with three different hats on. One day I’m a teacher educator working with teachers in their classrooms, then I’m a university lecturer coaching trainee-teachers on the job, and then I switch hats again and I’m a researcher collecting data for my PhD. It’s a busy time!

To save time online I like to make sure I’m as efficient as possible, so I can on with what I’m actually trying to achieve! So here are my top 3 tips to find what you are looking for online with minimal effort! I use Google and it’s the most popular search engine of course – it’s even a verb now! When we are busy (and maybe on our mobile phones or smaller screens) these quick tips will help you find what you are looking for without spending losing hours scrolling through pages and pages!

  1. Use more than one keyword – don’t worry about fully sentences but pick the key words you are searching for.

  2. Use ”  ” symbols – if you have a specific phrase (say, gluten-free cupcakes) typing in those words will spit out anything that matches those words in any order. But if you search for “gluten-free cupcakes” instead, you will only see websites/pages with those words in that exact order and on that exact phrase, no extra words = quicker results

  3. Use AND – looking for more than one keyword? Use AND in between and you’ll only find pages with both keywords. So, instead of ‘movie reviews’, trying typing Movie AND Review to see only the pages with both terms.

These quick and easy tips will help you find what you are looking for and be on your way MUCH quicker!

Any tips you’d like to add? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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