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Using Google to search for Hausa data (3)

I have just found that Google developers have added another cool feature: Create a Custom Search Engine on the fly. You only need to specify the location of a blog or webpage and enter the keyword you are looking for. You’ll then get results from all the sites the webpage links to.

Try out the following searches (with Hausa Online as the starting page):

Of course, you can use this new feature for other searches, using your own websites as a starting point. I find this very helpful!

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Using Google to search for Hausa data (2)

Last year, I wrote a post on “Using Google to search for Hausa data“. In this post, I described how one can use Google to do searches on specific websites. For example, the following link will open a customized searchbox that will search the website of Muryar Jamus:

http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Google+Search
&domains=http://www2.dw-world.de/hausa/
&sitesearch=http://www2.dw-world.de/hausa/

Recently, I have come upon a new Google feature that makes searching Hausa data even easier: If you have an account with Google, you can create what is called a “Google Custom Search Engine“. With this, you can specify or prioritize the sites you want to include in your searches. I have created one which I call “Hausa Online”. It searches the following eight sites:

With time, I may add other sites. Send me your proposals!

Using Google to search for Hausa data

You can use Google to do searches on specific websites. For example, the following link will open a customized searchbox that will search the website of Muryar Jamus:

http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Google+Search
&domains=http://www2.dw-world.de/hausa/
&sitesearch=http://www2.dw-world.de/hausa/

You can customize this for other websites, e.g. any websites mentioned in my linklist or in the postings in my weblogs. All you have to do is change the information in the code above which refers to the URL of the website and which follows

  • domains=
  • sitesearch=

Here are a few more examples:

http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Google+Search
&domains=ha.wikipedia.org
&sitesearch=ha.wikipedia.org
will search the Hausa Wikipedia

http://www.google.com/custom?sa=Google+Search
&domains=bbc.co.uk/hausa/
&sitesearch=bbc.co.uk/hausa/
will search the BBC Hausa service

Try out other domains yourself.