Thursday, February 20, 2014

Using Google's Advanced Search Part 1

After you have performed your simple keyword searches you still may want to filter the results even more. So that is where the Advanced search tools come into play.
Find the Gear to the right of the screen, click on it, and a drop down menu will appear.

Search Settings - The basic preferences Google provides such as Filter explicit results, show instant results, results per page, and how pages should open. You can also set the preferred language and location from this screen as well.

Languages - If you are in North America, it is probably set to English by default, but your search tools can be delivered to you in a variety of world languages including, the Swedish Chef, Elmer Fudd, Pirate, and Yiddish. This doesn't change the text of your search results, just the Google text in the tools.

Turn off SafeSearch - If you district allows it, there may be times you need to turn off Google's version of SafeSearch. Just keep in mind no filter is 100% so be careful when allowing student to just randomly search for things. If your district doesn't force it on, I would make sure it is.

Advanced Search - We will talk about the top half of the Advanced Search tools today. This basically covers items we discussed in yesterday's post as far as quotation marks, using the minus sign.
These search boxes just allow you to enter it in separate boxes. They do give you examples of how to enter your advanced search in the search box.

Come back for more Google search fun as we talk about the bottom of that Advanced Search tool.

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