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Google and Google Scholar: Basic Google search

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Google Search app

Use the Google Search app to find information on your mobile device.

Cached pages

Google takes snapshots of pages as it crawls the Internet to index websites. These versions are stored and can be accessed via the Cached link.

Looking at the cached version of a page, instead of the current page, can be useful in these situations:

  • The original page is unavailable as it has been removed
  • Internet congestion
  • An overloaded website

The cached links are visible within the instant previews by hovering over the >> symbol on the right hand side of each result.

As an example, look at Curtin University's cached page.

Effective searching

Search for a phrase

Use synonyms

Search within a site or domain

Exclude a word

Targeted searches

Search by file type

The Knowledge Graph

Searching for a person, place or thing may bring up a section on the right hand side of your results page that looks like a summary, or Google's Knowledge Graph.

It provides descriptions, images and location maps of the information you searched. This section is useful to find quick information about a topic and may also lead to exploring related topics.

This is what appears on a search for [ Anne Boleyn ]:

Punctuation and symbols

Google ignores most punctuation and special characters, but some symbols you can use are:

&  Ampersand to find strongly connected ideas or phrases, e.g.    research&development 

-  Dash to indicate that the words around it are very strongly connected, e.g.  child-rearing 

%  Percent to search for percent values, e.g.  40% of 80 

$  Dollar sign to indicate prices, e.g.  canon $500 

Useful search shortcuts



Number conversions:

ounces to liters

Currency conversions:

aud to japanese yen

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