Searching smarter with Google

Google is the world’s biggest search engine and it helps you find information on the internet. Learning how to search effectively using Google will ensure you find what you want quickly.

To get started launch your favorite browser and go to Type the information you are looking for into the search box. So, if you want to find information about Thomas Edison, type “Thomas Edison”. Using the quote marks tells Google to find the name Thomas Edison – if you don’t use the quotes Google looks for sites which contain Thomas Edison and also those that contain either Thomas or Edison so sites relating to Thomas the Tank Engine and Edison Lighthouse are considered to be matches. When you click to search, Google lists sites that match your search on the left of the screen. On the right, depending on your search text, you may see other information relating to your search.

If you are looking for, say, a plumber then you’ll want to find one which is local. Google can do this if you tell it where you live. So, if you live in Manchester, type Plumber Manchester and Google will return matches for plumbers in your area.

You can use Google searches to find answers to questions such as definitions of words, converting units of measure and mathematical calculations. So searches such as how many inches in a metre and how many teaspoons in a cup help you convert units from one measure to another. To learn the definition of word such as plethora , type define plethora and to make a calculation type that calculation such as square root of 30 to see the result. View the video for extra features such as searching for flight information!