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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • January 19, 2016

Google Search Tips to Share With Your Students


You could be Googling smarter and so could your students.

There’s no shortage of interesting Google hacks floating around the internet designed to help you find what you’re looking for faster. We've perused those hacks, tips, and tricks and extracted items that are most relevant to classrooms. Here’s what we found.

Getting Started: The Ol' Standbys

  • To find a page with one of several search terms, use a capitalized “OR” in between your terms


  • Search with the ampersand symbol (&) when looking for strongly connected words or phrases

  • Exclude a search term by adding a dash in front of it

  • Search within a range of numbers by using two periods between figures


  • Look within a website by adding “site:” followed by the domain

  • Filter your news by a particular location by using the “location:” command

  • Search for exact phrases by putting them in quotes


  • Tell Google to restrict your results to a specific file type by using “filetype:suffix”


Getting Serious: Next-Level Operators

  • Find sites that have similar content to sites you already know via the “related:” command


  • Get results that include all of your search terms in the text by using “allintext:”  

  • Search for a term that specifically appears in the text, while other terms can be found in the url or headline via “intext:”


  • Zero in on pages with titles that contain all of your terms via “allintitle:”

  • Get pages with a particular term in the title, with other terms appearing in the text or url, by using “intitle:”


  • Get results that have your search term somewhere in the url by using “allinurl:”

  • Fun fact: an asterisk works as a wildcard in a search and can help you find missing words in a phrase


Getting Awesome: Time Savers

  • Use Google as a timer by searching for “Set timer to <x time>”


  • Enter a calculation into your search bar to use Google as a giant calculator

  • Use Google Translate with the “translate <word> to <language>” command

  • Find quick definitions by searching “define <word>”


  • Get a speedy conversion by searching “<amount unit 1> to <unit 2>”

Getting Curious: Some Fun Things

  • Search “Books by <author>” to get a full list of titles


  • “<food> vs <food> will yield a full calorie comparison

  • Find sunrise and sunset times with “sunrise <city>”

  • Get a speedy weather report by using “weather <city>”

  • Search for a “<word> etymology” to learn about the origin of a word


  • Searching for “time <city>” will provide you the time zone and local time

For more ways to use Google in the Classroom check out Chalkup's Google Integration!

Getting Googly With It