You’ve probably sometimes entered a search phrase on Google and it’s returned a number of hits where that search phrase perhaps isn’t in the title of the webpage, but occurs somewhere on that page. If you’ve actually searched for a phrase by enclosing your keyphrase in quotes and it’s a long page, it can be time consuming to find the phrase on the page, but there’s a quick way to do it. Install the Google Quick Scroll extension in Google Chrome browser and once you choose a page from the search results, a box will pop up in the bottom right corner of the browser window enabling you to click the phrase and jump straight to the first occurrence of the phrase on the page. And if you haven’t enclosed your keywords in quotes, the extension will search for the best matched fits to your keywords on the page.
Here’s an example. Say I remember a line from a song, that’s all – it goes ‘this gun’s for hire’. Of course Google quickly identifies the song in a search for that phrase and after clicking one of the links, Google Quick Scroll is activated and shows the first occurrence of my phrase in the black box in the bottom right corner of the page.
Obviously a very simple illustration, but imagine a much longer page with your key phrase buried somewhere in it and the extension really comes into its own and quickly homes into the first occurrence, and any subsequent occurrences.
Here’s a slightly more complex example. Say, as a freelance researcher, you’ve been asked to check a reference in a future publication that’s incomplete. You’ve only been given the author name (Orton) and the title of a chapter he wrote in a book. The chapter is called ‘Bioeffect dosimetry in radiation therapy’. You have to fill the rest of the details. Googling the chapter title as a phrase within quotes brings up very few search hits, about 17 in all at the time of writing this post. Here’s the first few:
The first couple of posts are sponsored so we skip those and move down to the highlighted hit. Looks promising as the details I want are listed there. Opening that page activates Google Quick Scroll which indicates where the match is on that page in a black box in the bottom right corner of the page. Clicking the link brings me straight to my search phrase on the page:
And there’s the reference details I’m looking for.
Incidentally, the next two search results on the Google search page – rrjournal.org and linkinghub.elsevier.com – turns up a common problem in this type of web research. Google is able to index pages which we often we won’t have access to unless we have a subscription to access the full website. In both cases, we can’t get to the page we want without a subscription – and Google Quick Scroll shows that by failing to highlight a hit on the web page so we can move on to another search result and try that if necessary.
So if you’re tired of laboriously searching your webpages for your search phrases, try Google Quick Scroll. Only works in Google Chrome browser at the moment and if you haven’t tried that, you really must.