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EdTechReview’s ‘149 Amazing Google Tricks to Increase Effectiveness of your Search’

Here is a great resource that we might consider building CE around as a means of supporting the lifelong, natural learning actions of clinicians (and I bet you will want to share this with your colleagues too):

Google is the most popular search engine and most of the people use it daily for a variety of
purposes. People simply enter what they’re looking for and sift through the results to find
the desired information. A lot of them are unaware of how really powerful the Google
search engine is and that there are a myriad of tricks and tips that will help them get better
and faster results and save their time and efforts. I have compiled 149 amazing Google
149 Google Tips Thumbnailtricks to increase effectiveness of your search. Here’s [some highlights from] the list:

2. Find public data: Google stores public data like data about population or employment
rate. Enter what you need to find along with the name of your country and Google will
display accurate results.

4. Search within a site: Narrow down your results within a site by searching for (search
query) site: (domain).

9. Search specific file types: Search for PDF, doc, Power Point files by adding a filetype: ‘type’ modifier to your search string.

12. Use Google as a calculator: Google has a built-in calculator function. Enter a calculation into the search box, and you’ll get the answer.

16. Get rid of unwanted search results: If you get irrelevant results for a certain term, you can exclude that term by minusing it from the term you want to look for. Enter, your term–unwanted term.

18. Search by voice: Speak out words after tapping the microphone button on your Google search box, to search by speech.

21. Keep finding great sources: If you like a particular website, and would like to find more of the type, just do a related search on Google. Enter “related:site address” and it will direct you to other such similar sites.

26. Stop stalking the FedEx guy: Track packages from USPS, FedEx, and UPS just by typing your tracking number directly into Google.

33. Search within a url: Discover information within a URL just by using, ‘inurl:urladdress’.

There is so many amazing tips in this review and they are each linked to additional information that should allow you to implement the tip without much effort…download the full list of tips here

Hope this helps,


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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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