Gaining an international perspective

Methods for gaining an international perspective?

Google offers access to an immense range of perspectives on the world, and knowing a bit about your options for accessing them

allows you to step into another person’s shoes and see the word from their angle, or simply access information from another country even more easily.

Consider four ways to gain an international perspective—two from the original power searching class, and two we will look at in-depth here:

  1. Using Google domains from other countries.
  2. Accessing information with Translated foreign pages.
  3. Searching using the site: operator with a country domain (e.g., site:qa for Qatar).
  4. Searching by region on the Advanced search page.

Using Google in other domains

Google has separate indexes for each country, so when you search Google Mayasia(google.com.my), for example, you are searching content crawled from local materials.

Finding a country’s Google homepage

The easiest way to find an individual country’s Google homepage is to search for it. For example, if I search for [google india] I can just click through to Google India.

Note that the web addresses for Google homepages of different countries may use one of several formats.

Many use the Google.co.country:

  1. Google.co.za (South Africa)
  2. Google.co.ke (Kenya)
  3. Google.co.id (Indonesia)
  4. Google.co.vt (Việt Nam)

But some may use other formats:

  1. Google.com.gh (Ghana)
  2. Google.rw (Rwanda)

And some countries do not have their own Google domains:

  1. Bhutan
  2. Mayotte

For locations like these, you can use the site: operator with the country’s domain (e.g., site:yt or site:bt). For a refresher on the site: operator, please see the Power Searching with Google lesson entitled Web organization.

Google in countries with more than one common language

Sometimes a country’s homepage offers multiple languages.

Figure 1: Notice that Google India offers search experiences in a number of languages.

On Google India, note that you can search in Hindi, for example, and the Google page will appear in Hindi. However, if you search with an English word, it will generally generally find pages with that word in English.

Figure 2: Results for the query [eurozone] on Google India, Hindi version.

If you use a version of Google in a language you do not read, remember that you can always go to the bottom of the results page to find a link back to Google.com.

Figure 3: In all versions of Google you can find a link back to Google.com at the bottom of the page.

Accessing information with Translated foreign pages

One way to look information in languages you don’t speak is with Translated foreign pages.

Figure 4: Access Translated foreign pages through the Search tools button on the right end of the menu just under the search bar.

Figure 5: Results for the query [eurozone] with translated results set to Hindi.

To learn more about using this tool, see the Translated foreign pages lesson in Power Searching with Google.

Searching by region on the Advanced search page

Once you have run a Google search, you can access the Advanced search page via the gear icon on the right-hand side.

Figure 6: Click on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Figure 7: Select Advanced search from the drop-down menu.

Figure 8: Select the region you wish to search on the Advanced search page.

Taking this approach spreads a wider net than using a site: search with a country’s domain. It also includes .com sites and other domains out of the region you select.

If you have a subject you would like to investigate from another region of the world, or another language, try it out with each of the four methods described here and compare the results you get. You will find that each approach you take gives you a slightly different way of engaging with international perspectives.

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