Advanced search techniques for reporters
Google Advanced Search, search operators, deep searching a government website with a lousy search tool, Google Dataset Search, Google Scholar. Data sources — Google Public Data explorer and other data portals that collect information so we don’t have to go fetch it.
Thsrs.com: The Shorter Thesaurus
Lose the Very
Public Data Explorer: https://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
Video: Census (first tool)
Dataset Search: https://datasetsearch.research.google.com/
Video: Dataset Search
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/
Search academic journals and case law
Search within a site for a topic: site:cdc .gov SARS
Search for a file format/topic: filetype: .csv us mass shootings
Search a range: Put .. between two numbers.
Example: camera $500..$1000
Sites similar to one you’re searching: Put “related:” in front of a web address you already know.
Look at a website’s cache: Put “cache:” in front of the site address to see an earlier version of the story/site.
Search for an exact image size: Right after the word you’re looking for, add the text imagesize:widthxheight. Make sure to add the dimensions in pixels.
Example: Eiffel Tower imagesize:500×500
Search a Twitter list: site:twitter.com inurl:lists <michelin starred>
Video: Search tips
Google’s official search operators list: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?hl=en
There are many “cheat sheets” on the web, some better than others. Here’s another good one.
More Google Advanced Search tips: https://www.codespaces.com/power-searching-with-google.html
More training on Reporting & Writing:
Google Earth Studio
Learn how to use Google Earth Studio, Google Earth Pro, Google Earth Timelapse and Earth Measure Tool with training by author and data journalism expert Mike Reilley.
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Google tools for journalists
Google Fact-Check Explorer, Google Public Data Explorer, Google Trends, Google search shortcuts/advanced search), MapChecking for crowd size estimates, PhantomBuster, VisualPing for tracking website updates and other cool tools and hacks.
Microsoft Excel 05 – What if
The more data you have, the more questions you will have about it, and the more answers it can provide. Excel has a variety of conditional formulas that let you evaluate subsets of your data to find the stories to tell: If…Then formulas; Conditional Functions; XLOOKUP; Array Functions.