Tips to Google with Gusto

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Zubair Mahedavi, Media Reporter

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              Imagine this: You have to do research for a paper. Google’s home page, home to the world’s biggest search engine, displays before you as you type your question. As you press enter, the results cause intoxicating stress and agonizing pain, for you cannot find anything relevant and panic to finish your assignment! Solution? I’m here to help.


Google’s logo displays showing its colors. Google was created by a mother company alphabet inc. Sergey Brin Larry Paige.

By just using your brain and device, you could save tons of time doing research instead of getting frustrated about google. Although you may use other browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Safari, for teenagers, research means ‘googling.’ So, even if you google, the information would be the same as many other search engines as well. Anyhow, here are 5 time-saving tips that’ll do the job thoroughly. Let’s get started.

Tip 1

Use quotation marks to specify your search. By using these, the browser would yield only the pages that use the same words and order as the search. Hereby narrowing down the search, with a higher chance of it being the one that best suits your search. This is also one of the most vital search tips which can help reduce frustration and time. 

Tip 2

Use a hyphen followed by the results that you want to eliminate. For example, “Bass -fish -fishing -freshwater ” will have the results show anything without the word fish, fishing and freshwater after the hyphen. The results will be around music and arts, for the word ‘bass’ is a homonym and has two meanings, one of which has been excluded. It can also skip the words after the ‘minus’ syntax as well. If you are frustrated or are having a challenge getting what you need, this tip can be useful by getting rid of the words that you anticipate the browser will look up, so you can find a more specific search, giving you a better chance of better results.

Tip 3

Use “Define:” before a word you’d like to know about so it does not give you relevant

Define: Scrupulous gives you a legitimate meaning of the word Scrupulous. You can substitute ‘Scrupulous’ for any word you’d like to know more about.

articles instead. For example, “Define: Scrupulous” would give you a dictionary style meaning, instead of websites and articles. This can be used mainly for looking up definitions in a research paper. A better reason to use this than other dictionary sites like and Merriam-Webster is that it brings a wide variety of definitions from various websites. But if some website doesn’t have a clear, descriptive meaning, Google would find meanings from another website to see if they have a better one. Either way, this function 

Tip 4

Many sites have negligible search functions. Why not have the search chief do it better? You can search through a website without being on its page! Just type in your search keywords and add a “site:(the site you’d like to search from)” and enter. The browser will search the website for information while you are not on the page. As Lazy as it is, this function could be used if the site does not have an accurate way to represent the information, but still has it, Google will search every nook and cranny of the site searching for the ordered information.

Tip 5 (The most Gusto using)

Finding origins of images taken off the internet for your citation can be unsettling.

The Trailside School Logo is being dragged and drop in search of the original source. Google has made the process very easy.


Again, here is another reason why we have google to help. Whether your writing a nonfictional paper, a news article or any document writing class, getting the cite of the original photographer of a photo may be a hassle. Just find the photo you’d like, then you can either go to “” or just click “images” at the top right of Google’s’ home page while copying and pasting the link of the photo into Google Images. Perhaps a more simplified way would be just to drag the photo into the search image box and look at the images that appear. That will show you the origins of the photo taken. There, your problem has been solved.


Final Thoughts

There you have it, 5 tips and tricks for your middle-school brain that’ll solve everyday google problems for most of your subjects. But keep in mind, these tricks also come with a consequence.  A good one. Learning from people mistakes can help you not go through them, thereby learning from their mistakes. These tips have been credited from the Times Magazine and me, Zubair Mahedavi, Writer for the Trailside Times.  


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