Africa Quick-Guide


 

Basic Examples

 

This Search

 

Finds Pages Containing...

 

 

 

jokes nigeria

 

the words jokes and Nigeria

 

recycle e-waste OR phones

 

information on recycling e-waste or recycling phones

 

"i tell you who we are under the sun"

 

the exact phrase I tell you who we are under the sun

 

football -american

 

the word football but NOT the word American

 

"fufa" regulations

 

information about FUFA regulations, turning off any “fixes” that give

alternate terms (like FIFA)

 

agriculture ~glossary

 

glossaries about agriculture, as well as dictionaries, vocabulary, 

terminology, etc.

 

define:wiki

 

definitions of the word wiki from the Web

 




 

 







Calculator

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

+ – * /

 

basic arithmetic

 

6-7+43*8/9

% of

 

percentage of

 

36% of 180

^ or **

 

raise to a power

 

4^6 or 4**6

old units in new units

 

convert units

 

1450 inr in rand, 8 short tons in kg, 50 in hex


 

 

 

 

 

Restricting Your Search

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

site:

 

Search only one website or domain.

 

site:dstvafrica.com contact takoradi
(Search for contact information for DSTV’s office in Takoradi, Ghana.)

[#]..[#]

 

Search within a range of numbers.

 

youssou n'dour awards 2000..2010
(Search for awards won by Youssou N’Dour in any years from 2000-2010.)

filetype:
(or
 ext:)

 

Find documents in the specified type of file.

 

kenya produce standards filetype:ppt
(Find presentations in PPT format about Kenya’s standards for produce.)

link:

 

Find linked pages, i.e., show pages that point to the URL. A tool that can help indicate credibility of a page.

 

link:psych.athabascau.ca/html/Validity/
(Find pages that link to
 Athabasca U’s Internal Validity Tutorial website.)

Don’t forget to check Google Web Search’s left-hand panel on the results page for limiting results by date range, viewing results on a timeline, searching in a foreign language, finding sites with images, and more. Advanced Web Search offers limiting results by region, reading level, and more.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialized Information Queries

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

definewhat iswhat are

 

Show a definition for a word or phrase.

 

define monopsony, what is podcast
(Show a definition for the words
 monopsony and podcast. Note: No colon after define, what is, or what are.)

define:

 

Provide multiple definitions for words, phrases, and acronyms from the Web.

 

define:blog
(Finds various definitions of blog on the Web. Note: Use a colon after define.)

stocks

 

Given ticker symbols, show stock information.

 

stocks goog

weather

 

Given a city, show the weather.

 

weather wa  or  weather homa bay

sunrise, sunset

 

Given a city, show the time of sunrise or sunset.

 

sunrise eldoret or sunset gulu
 

teamname

 

Given the name of a sports team, show the score of the latest game.

 

feyenoord or west brom  

publicdata

 

Given a type of public data collected, show the statistics with link to more data.

 

population senegal or internet users nigeria or co2 emissions south africa

(Note: Longer list of options here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/world-bank-public-data-now-in-search.html.)

time

 

Given a city, show the current time.

 

time paris or time cairo

flightnumber

 

Given the airline and flight number, show the status of the flight.

 

emirates 788 or klm 642

map

 

Given a place name, shows a map.

 

kericho map or new york map

 


Alternative Query Types

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

cache:

 

Display Google's saved version of a web page. Good if a site is down so you cannot view it.

 

cache:museums.or.ke
(Show Google's cached version of the
 National Museums of Kenya home page.)

info:
(or
 id:)

 

Find information about a page or site. Who links to it? What pages are similar to it? What pages are part of the site? What pages talk about the page or site?

 

info:cfo.co.ug or id:knust.edu.gh/pages/
(Find information about the
Computer Frontiers International or the  Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology websites.)

related:

 

List web pages that are similar or related to the URL.

 

related:www.healthfinder.gov
(Find websites related to the
 Healthfinder website.)


 

 

 

 

Restrict Search to Sites where Query Words Appear

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

allinanchor:

 

All query words must appear in anchor text of links to the page.

 

allinanchor:useful parenting sites
(Search for pages that are called
 useful parenting sites by others.)

inanchor:

 

Terms must appear in anchor text of links to the page.

 

"science news" inanchor:kid-friendly
(Search for pages with the phrase
 “science newsthat include kid-friendly in the anchor of the page.)

allintitle:

 

All query words must appear in the title of the page.

 

allintitle: google advanced operators
(Search for pages with titles containing Google, Advanced, and Operators.)

intitle:

 

The terms must appear in the title of the page.

 

"science news" inanchor:kid-friendly
(Search for pages with the phrase
 “science newsthat include kid-friendly in the anchor of the page.)

allintext:

 

All query words must appear in the text of the page.

 

allintext: okra fish ingredients
(Search for recipes with these three ingredients.)

intext:

 

The terms must appear in
the text of the page.

 

kenya intitle:educators intext:"Christopher Khaemba"
(Find pages mentioning
 Kenya, where the page title includes educators, and the words Christopher Khaemba appear specifically in the text.)

allinurl:

 

All query words must appear in the URL.

 

allinurl:investor stock
(Search for pages containing the word
 investor and the word stock in the URL.)

inurl:

 

The terms must appear in the URL of the page.

 

auto dealer inurl:faq
(Search for pages with auto and dealer in which the URL contains the word
 faq.)

 

Google has several special search engines for specific media. Many of the commands above work in Google Books, Google Images, Google News, and so on. However, some of these special collections have commands that work only within that media.


Special Commands for Google News

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

location:

 

Find News articles from sources located in the specified location.

 

king location:ug
(Find Ugandan news articles mentioning a king.)

source:

 

Find News articles from specified sources.

 

inflation source:accra_daily_mail
(Show articles on inflation from Ghana’s Accra Daily Mail.)

author:

 

Find News articles by a specific author.

 

scientist author:akosah-sarpong

Don’t forget to check Google News’ left-hand panel for such features as limiting results by date, including custom date ranges, and Advanced News Search to use advanced operators without knowing precisely how to write them.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Commands for Google Books

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

inauthor:

 

Find books by a particular author.

 

inauthor:aluko intitle:"one man one wife"

allinauthor:

 

Find books using only words in the author’s name.

 

allinauthor:wole soyinka

inpublisher:

 

Find books with a particular publisher.


inpublisher:ossrea 2005..2010

allinpublisher:

 

Find books using only words in the publisher’s name.

 

allinpublisher:hsrc press

isbn:

 

Find books with the unique ISBN identification number.

 

isbn:9789994455201

issn:

 

Find a magazine or serial with the unique ISSN number.

 

issn:10650555

subject:

 

Find a book grouped within an assigned subject heading.

 

distance education subject:education

Don’t forget to check Google Books’ left-hand panel for such features as limiting results by date, searching magazines, and finding full-text books.

 

Special Commands for Google Scholar

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

author:

 

Find scholarly works with a particular author.

 

aquaculture author:parks

Don’t forget to check Google Scholar’s Advanced Search to limit by date, publication, or collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Commands for Google Blog Search

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

inposttitle:

 

Find certain words in blog post (single article) titles.

 

inposttitle:librarian uganda

(See blue post title for the word librarian. Uganda appears in the title or the snippet.)

allinposttitle:

 

Find blog posts with these words all in the title.

 

allinposttitle:librarian uganda

(See blue post title for librarian and Uganda.)

inblogtitle:

 

Find blogs with titles containing this word.

 

inblogtitle:librarian lipstick

(See green blog title for the word librarian. Lipstick appears in the title or the snippet.)

allinblogtitle:

 

Find blogs with titles containing all of these words.

 

allinblogtitle:librarian lipstick

(See green blog title for the words librarian and lipstick.)

inpostauthor:

 

Find blog posts using words in this author’s name.

 

"miss ghana" inpostauthor:Debrah

(See blue post title for Miss Ghana, and gray date/author line for Debrah.)

allinpostauthor:

 

Find blog posts using only words in the author’s name.

 

allinpostauthor:Ory Okolloh

(See gray date/author line for Ory Okolloh.)

blogurl:

 

Find blogs within this URL (like site: in Web Search).

 

inposttitle:technology inblogtitle:librarian blogurl:wordpress.com

(See blue post title for the word technology, green blog title for the word librarian, and green blog URL for wordpress.com.)

Don’t forget to check Advanced Blog Search to limit by language, date, author, and more. The left-hand panel on the results page also makes it easy to filter by publication date.








 

 

 




Special Commands for Google Groups

Operators

 

Meaning

 

Type Into Search Box (& Results)

author:

 

Find Groups messages from the specified author.

 

author:achebe author:chinua

group:

 

Find Groups messages from the specified newsgroup.

 

frogs group:african_amphibians

insubject:

 

Find Groups messages containing specific words in the subject line (like the title).

 

insubject:workshop group:2aw2sn

allinsubject:

 

Find Groups messages containing specific words entirely in the subject line.

 

allinsubject:psb bill

Don’t forget to check Advanced Groups Search to limit by language, message ID, and more.

 

 

 

This quick-guide is modeled on Nancy Blachman’s Google Guide Quick Reference: Google Advanced Operators (Cheat Sheet), which you can find at http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html.

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