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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Google Cheat Sheet

Call me crazy, but I really get a thrill out of being able to verify an obscure name or unfamiliar term in a transcript. I think the ability to research is one of those things that sorts out the good transcriptionists from the really great transcriptionists.

A friend of mine introduced me to this spreadsheet on About.com a few years ago. It includes many useful tips on how to use Google most effectively in your research. I printed it out and stuck it in the front cover of my transcription binder, and I still refer to it on an almost daily basis.

Google ShortcutFinds Pages That Have...
nokia phonethe words nokia and phone
sailing OR boatingeither the word sailing or the word boating
"love me tender"the exact phrase love me tender
printer -cartridgethe word printer but NOT the word cartridge
Toy Story +2movie title including the number 2
~autolooks up the word auto and synonyms
define:serendipitydefinitions of the word serendipity
how now * cowthe words how now cow separated by one or more words
+addition; 978+456
-subtraction; 978-456
*multiplication; 978*456
/division; 978/456
% ofpercentage; 50% of 100
^raise to a power; 4^18 (4 to the eighteenth power)
old in new (conversion)45 celsius in Fahrenheit
site:(search only one website)site:websearch.about.com “invisible web”
link:(find linked pages)link:www.lifehacker.com
#...#(search within a number range)nokia phone $200...$300
daterange:(search within specific date range)bosnia daterange:200508-200510
safesearch: (exclude adult content)safesearch:breast cancer
info: (find info about a page)info:www.websearch.about.com
related: (related pages)related:www.websearch.about.com
cache: (view cached page)cache:google.com
filetype:(restrict search to specific filetype)zoology filetype:ppt
allintitle: (search for keywords in page title)allintitle:"nike" running
inurl:(restrict search to page URLs)inurl:chewbacca
site:.edu (specific domain search)site:.edu, site:.gov, site:.org, etc.
site:country code (restrict search to country)site:.br “rio de Janeiro”
intext:(search for keyword in body text)intext:parlor
allintext: (return pages with all words specified in body text)allintext:north pole
book(search book text)book The Lord of the Rings
phonebook:(find a phone number)phonebook:Google CA
bphonebook: (find business phone numbers)bphonebook:Intel OR
rphonebook:(find residential phone numbers)rphonebook:Joe Smith Seattle WA
movie:(search for showtimes)movie:wallace and gromit 97110
stocks:(get a stock quote)stocks:ncesa
weather:(get local weather)weather:97132

1 Comment:

margi said...

Nice. I love things in table format where I can quick reference them.

Also? For folks who are given templates to use - I've found Google Docs to be invaluable. Upload them to Google docs and then you can access them anywhere.