EID100 – Module 2 – Google Search

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

Put quotation marks around an exact word or phrase to search the web for the exact phrase in the exact order. For example:

Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0007_exact phrase

Note that certain relevant results may be excluded. For example, searching “ryerson university hours” will exclude “ryerson university library hours“.


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

Search a word or phrase with the syntax “site: [URL]” to get results from specific sites. For example:

Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0006_specific site

You can also search through specific domains by using “site:.gov”


3.   How would you correctly search for a definition?

Google the word you want the definition for with “define:” before. For example:


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

Google the specific product with the price range separated by two periods without spaces (..). For example:

Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0004_products price range

Or you can use the Google Shopping tab to shop for products and compare prices.

5.   How would you search for a specific filetype?

You can search for specific types of files by adding the syntax “filetype:[FILE TYPE]” with the 3-letter file abbreviation of the file type. For example:

 Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0005_filetype


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

Include words in your search by adding quotations to specific words. You can also use the minus sign () to specific words to further narrow down the results. For example:

Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0003_excluding a word



7.  How would you find related pages?

Find websites with similar content by using the syntax “related:[URL]”. For example:

 Screenshot 2014-07-03 13_0002_related sites

8   How would you find pages containing one of several words you are interested in, though not all of them?

Use OR in capitals to find pages that contain one or several words you are interested in searching in, though not all of them. For example:


9   How would you find the time in another country?

To see what time it is anywhere in the world, search time and the city or country.

Search “time japan”

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10.   How would you find out how many Egyptian pounds you get for $20 Canadian dollars?

Get current exchange rates by searching “[currency 1] in [currency 2]“. For example:

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