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Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~Kenyan Proverb

In this section, I will answer any questions pertaining to IT in general. If I do not know the answer, I will find out for you.The links will always be up to date.

"There’s No Such Thing as A Stupid Question …… Only Stupid Answers!"

 

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Zie, July 2014: Question: I have so many programs running at start-up of my computer. How can I remove or control them.

Answer: Try using CCleaner. Just be sure you're downloading CCleaner here, direct from Piriform, the only maker of the software. CCleaner can clean unneeded files from various programs saving you hard disk space, remove unneeded entries in the Windows Registry, help you uninstall software and select which programs start with Windows.

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Tadi, July 2014: Question: I have accidentally downloaded something which keeps advertising something to buy and download. I cannot even see the program that is causing this problem.

 

Answer: This seems like it could be in connection with a toolbar on your internet browser. My best suggestion would be to download and run AdwCleaner and see if the problem persists.

This link should take you there:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

 

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Excel Tips and tricks
Excel is arguably one of the best programs ever made, and it has remained the gold standard for nearly all businesses worldwide. But whether you’re a newbie or a power user, there's always something left to learn. It will be worth your while to explore even the advanced features in Excel. Your work performance will automatically improve, and you’ll free up some time for yourself too. In this article, we’ll show you some tips and tricks to use Excel like a Pro and really cut down on your work time. We’ll be using Excel 2010 – but most of these tricks will work on Excel 2007 and Excel 2013 as well. 

 

Googling

100 Search Engines For Academic Research

https://www.teachthought.com/learning/100-search-engines-for-academic-research/

google hack search for university papers only
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=S7N-BwAAQBAJ&pg=PT3&lpg=PT3&dq=google+hack+search+for+university+papers+only&source=bl&ots=-Z5VM4VdJY&sig=a_dsHKhG29CvlsccBV4c96FQ33g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_6ZnozqnXAhXIxxQKHUEsD5MQ6AEIRTAE#v=onepage&q=google%20hack%20search%20for%20university%20papers%20only&f=false

19 Internet Hacks Every Student Should Know
https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/hacks-every-student-should-know?utm_term=.pwYoEdLpx#.ekvZPKzwy

 

Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone
The Sci-Hub data provide the first detailed view of what is becoming the world’s de facto open-access research library. Among the revelations that may surprise both fans and foes alike: Sci-Hub users are not limited to the developing world. Some critics of Sci-Hub have complained that many users can access the same papers through their libraries but turn to Sci-Hub instead—for convenience rather than necessity.
https://scihub.org/search/

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students
https://lifehacker.com/5864111/the-get-more-out-of-google-infographic-summarizes-online-research-tricks-for-students

 

The 6 Best Search Engines for Academic Research
When it comes to academic research, Google search engine does not serve the purpose as it does in most cases. Its search results are not perfect some times. This doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world for students trying to collect academic data online. Apart from Google, there are many search engines that are especially designed for academic research. They can help you get your hands on relevant information without going through irrelevant or low-quality pages.

Given below is a list of some of the best academic search engines that will help you get the research material you want quickly and easily, and without compromising on quality.

 

Academic Info
Academic Info contains an in-depth directory of the most useful links and resources within a specific subject area. You can browse through this website to get a list of useful academic websites for research. This site also offers online degrees, online courses and distance learning information from a selection of online accredited schools.
http://www.academicinfo.net/educational-resources

 

iSeek Education
iSeek is easily one of the best and widely used search engines for academic research on the internet. It has been especially designed keeping the students, teachers and scholars in mind. This search engine only shows reliable and relevant results that ultimately save your time and enable you to get your work done quickly. You can find safe, authoritative, intelligent and time-saving resources with iSeek.
http://education.iseek.com/iseek/home.page

 

Virtual LRC
Virtual LRC or The Virtual Learning Resources Centre allows you to explore educational sites with high-quality information. It has indexed thousands of academic information websites. On top of that, with custom Google search, you will be able to get more refined results, which will help you complete your research in less time. It has been organized by teachers and library professionals around the world to provide students with great resources for academic assignments and projects. In short, Virtual LRC is the best place to start looking for research material that can help you in your studies.  
http://www.virtuallrc.com/

 

Refseek
Refseek is an academic search engine which is simpler than Google even in appearance. Refseek does not claim to offer more results than Google. Instead, it removes results that are not related to science, academia and research. The best thing about Refseek is that you can search for information related to your subject without getting distracted by sponsored links.With a database of over 1 billion documents, web pages, books, journals, newspapers, online encyclopedias and articles, Refseek is your ultimate companion for academic research.
https://www.refseek.com/

 

Google Scholar
As the name suggests, Google Scholar is an academic search engine from the house of Google. Especially designed to search for scholarly literature, it helps you find relevant information from the world of scholarly research. With Google Scholar, you can exploremany sources such as books, dissertations, articles and abstracts from various academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other websites. In May 2014, third-party researchers estimated that Google Scholar database contains roughly 160 million documents.
https://scholar.google.co.uk/
https://books.google.com/?hl=en
https://books.google.com/advanced_book_search

 

Microsoft Academic Search
Microsoft Academic Search is a great search engine from the software giant Microsoft. It gives you the ability to explore more than 38 million publications. One of the best features of this search engine is that it provides trends, graphs and maps for your academic research. It contains more than 40 million publications and 20 million authors.
http://academic.research.microsoft.com/

 

Conclusion
If you want your work to be of high quality, then you certainly need to gather information from genuine and reliable sources. The sources mentioned above can be of great help to you in making your research powerful. Ultimately, they will enable you to submit quality projects and assignments.

Google Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

Whether you're a student in college or a lifelong learner, Google is an essential tool for learning. Here are a few tips for using Google search and other apps more effectively to further your education.

 

Quickly Find Exactly the Information You Need

Everyone knows how to "Google," but not everyone Googles efficiently.

  1. Format. Use filetype:[pdf or other extension] to find images and all sorts of files (such as pics, docs and pdfs)

  2. Broaden Your Search. Use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard search operator to fill in the blanks. For example, "Why money is *"

     

Find exams to practice with and other reference materials. Taking the "site:" operator a little further, you can search only education sites by typing in site:edu. This comes in handy when search for papers by Universities or exams you can use to practice with: "site:edu advanced chemistry exam." Combine this with the "filetype:pdf" or "filetype:doc" format for additional exams and documents. inurl:edu This query will show results that edu in the url. You can find a list of Google search operators on this Google help page and even more advanced operators here, but there are also non-official filetypes, such as "hlp for help files and js for Javascript files" you can search for (which we know thanks to the NSA, oddly enough).
History/politics students (or anyone interested in government) should also remember they can search site:gov.

 

Strong Results
There is nothing wrong with using edu or pdf and in fact, using both edu and pdf gives strong results:
intitle:twitter intitle:hashtags inurl:pdf inurl:edu

 

Find more research. Use the "related:" operator to find similar sites to broaden your research. For example, "related:www.gapara.com" or "related:www.nsa.gov" to make sure you're covering all your bases in your research.


Limit search results. Let's say your professor doesn't want you to use certain sources. Use the minus sign (-) operator to exclude results from a certain site (e.g., "encryption –site:Wikipedia.org"). You can also do this to refine the results when a word can mean more than one thing (e.g., "jaguar –car").


Similarly, if there's only a range of dates, measurements, or other numbers you want to find, use two periods (..) to set that range, e.g., "homecare 1990..2001" or "hard disk ..$1000" (leave out one of the numbers to set a minimum or maximum).

Combine modifiers together. There are all sorts of powerful things you can do when you combine these search tricks. For example: "site:princeedward.co.zw high school "test scores–ALEVEL 2010..2014"

 

Use Google Search Shortcuts to Pull Up Quick Answers
You shouldn't have to dig around or visit web pages for easy answers. Get definitions. Use "define [word]" to quickly bring up a word's definition.

 

Make your browser do math. Also, start typing in your browser to do instant calculations and conversions (you don't even have to hit enter!)

 

Removing a Keyword Giving Poor Matches
That returns a bunch of samples of resumes for resume writing services. Let’s use -samples to remove all those results. “freelance * writer” intitle:resume -samples

 

 

Make Instant Calculations and Conversions in Your Browser's Search Bar

You already know Google has awesome calculator and conversion tools on its search page. Have Google fill in the blanks. Just start typing something in, and Google's autocomplete will likely give you the answer. For example, "Martin Luther King Jr. was born on " will show you "January 15 1929" and "Thomas Edison invented " will list a few notable inventions. Google's Knowledge Graph might even show you quickly the answers you're looking for beneath your search. If autocomplete doesn't help, add the "*" wildcard to get more answers (e.g., "Obama voted * on the * bill" to give you stories on a bunch of different bills).

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