GOOGLE Search Tips

Google can do that???

Yes, and much more, but these are my favorites!



  1.         Movie Showtimes

To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, type "movies" or the name of a current film into the Google search box. If you've already saved your location on a previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters for the movie you've chosen.



  1. Calculator

To use Google's built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you'd like done into the search box.



  1. Sports Scores

To see scores and schedules for sports teams type the team name or league name into the search box. This is enabled for the English Premier League, National Football League, National Hockey League, and Major League Baseball.

All sports data provided by STATS, Inc.





  1. Unit Conversion

You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and mass among others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and we’ll do the rest.




  1. Synonym Search

If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms, place the tilde sign (~) immediately in front of your search term.  In this case you would also get mobile phones, wireless etc.

~cell phone




  1. Dictionary Definitions


To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word "define" then a space, then the word(s) you want defined. To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type "define:" followed by a word or phrase. Note that the results will define the entire phrase.



  1. Spell Checker

Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that term.



  1. Local Search

Excellent for when you are on the road without a phone book! If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location and we’ll return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information.


  1. Related Search

To search for web pages that have similar content to a given site, type "related:" followed by the website address into the Google search box.



  1. Package Tracking

You can track packages by typing the tracking number for your UPS, Fedex or USPS package directly into the search box. We’ll return results that include quick links to easily track the status of your shipment.



Trip Planning

  1. Airline Travel Info

To see flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, type in the name of the airline and the flight number into the search box. You can also see delays at a specific airport by typing in the name of the city or three-letter airport code followed by the word "airport".





  1. Currency Conversion

To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion you’d like done into the Google search box and we’ll provide your answer directly on the results page.


  1. Maps

Looking for a map? Type in the name or U.S. zip code of a location and the word "map" and we’ll return a map of that location. Clicking on the map will take you to a larger version on Google Maps.


14.  Source

This allows you to specify the source of the information. In this example I want only information that came from Life magazine.






Google Search Tips

Read the annotations in the list of hits BEFORE you start clicking, this saves time.


Connect Terms

AND, OR   

 if you use these to connect terms. They must be capitalized!

Use double quotations (“ “)

use to look for words in exactly the order in which you enter them

  • “Civil Rights” AND U.S.    Otherwise you get civil rights from all countries
  • “Brian LeBaron           no quotes gives you pages with both names anywhere on a website. Image finding honor rolls with  Brian Smith and Joe Lebaron and other sites you did not want. Quotes keep the name together on a website.
  • “affirmative action”


Try minus sign (-)

use to exclude a word from your results

·         Penguins -hockey

Add a site request




use to limit your search to pages published by certain groups

  • teens site:edu
  • teens site:org
  • teens site:gov








1. In what year was the FDA asked to set a minimum age limit on the use of tanning salons?

Optimal search terms: FDA “tanning salon” “age limit” site:gov

Answer: 2005.


depression (mental disorder)


Search Terms # of results

depression 169,000,000

depression –great 108,000,000

depression –great seasonal 3,020,000

depression –great seasonal FAQ 1,100,000

depression –great seasonal FAQ site:gov 15,700

Depression –great seasonal FAQ site:gov symptoms 502



the Great Depression (historical event)

Search Terms # of results

the great depression 66,500,000

the great depression” 13,200,000

the great depression” site:edu 545,000

the great depression” site:edu “black blizzards” 47

the great depression” site:gov 98,000

the great depression” site:gov “black blizzards” 9


polar bear

Search Terms                                                                   # of results

polar bear                                                                           7,400,000

"polar bear"                                                                         8,790,000

"polar bear" -grizzly                                                            5,890,000

"polar bear" -grizzly site:org                                                  513,000

"polar bear" -grizzly site:edu                                                  109,000

"polar bear" -grizzly site:gov                                                    15,700

"polar bear" -grizzly site:gov "global warming"                          2,830

"polar bear" -grizzly site:gov "global warming" "Beaufort Sea"      178