Tips to Make a Google Search Easier (I)

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We are going to look among search solutions offered to us by Google. Fortunately, basic search operators spare us from great investigative efforts.

1.The «OR» and «» operators are the most common in everyday use. With these operators, as with Twitter, we can look for a website containing one or several queried words in one place.

For instance, the query [Nayyem OR Leshchenko] would direct us to websites containing information about one of the parliamentarians; while [Nayyem Leshchenko] would give us content with both names. In order to safeguard against typos spelling errors, or word-order problems in the search results, we can use quotation marks. Google will search only the text within a quote. It’s also useful when searching for an exact quote. In case we are interested in search result on articles only about Nayyem without mentioning Leshchenko then the search query would be like following: [Nayyem –Leshchenko].

2. Another handy operator – especially when we have a particular location in which to search – is site. For example, let’s check what fake news about Dmytro Yarosh has been debunked by StopFake so far. The search query for this would be Yarosh We can also exclude StopFake and check other materials concerning the topic: Yarosh fake With this operator you can search, not only within some particular website, but also within a domain zone:,

3. If we would like to find websites with references to StopFake’s news about Dmytro Yarosh, then we can use the link operator. A search query (Yarosh would give us the results we want. Nonetheless, it would be more efficient to exclude StopFake material itself from the search result (Yarosh If the search result is not what we wanted, we can exclude additional words or websites from the search.

4. We are often able to establish a time frame for our search input. Google offers such functions in the “Search” tools tab (below the search box), where we can choose results from the last hour, 24 hours, week, month, year, or we can set our own timeframe. It is not difficult, for example, to find public references to Yarosh before the Maidan events, by setting the time range before October 1, 2013.

5. Google also helps to find different kinds of documents with the filetype search operator. For instance, in order to find United Nations documents about Ukraine from the last year, we could use the search operator site and filetype in order to narrow search results to one year: Ukraine filetype:pdf


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