4. When you want results to include ‘synonyms for your topic.
The English language can seem a little overwhelming when you consider how many words refer to the same idea or concept. Searching with synonyms will not only expand your knowledge, it will guarantee higher quality results. Plus, we finally found a use for that “~” symbol! Utilize one of the many Google hacks out there by putting a tilde in front of your key search term. That simple command send the message you’re open to similar topics relating to the word.
5. When you need to locate other related websites.
Let’s say you found an incredible site that you absolutely fell in love with. To guarantee you’re not missing out on other awesome online experiences, search for similar websites out there! Typing “related:” (without including any spaces) before the domain name of the URL will do exactly that.
6. When you want to limit your search results to include strictly specific dates.
This little tidbit of information is especially helpful if you’re completing a research paper. To search within a certain time frame, type in your key phrase, enter the year you wish to start the scan (1900 in the example below), and the following sequence “…” (again, no spaces) before the ending year. With a few more Google hacks under your belt, you’ll have everything you need to surf the web!
7. When you want results to include words in a certain sequence.
Most of us are pretty familiar with using quotations to search online. If you need information that includes a key phrase exactly as you type it, simply add quotes around before the beginning and ending words. Google will get the idea.
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