Friday, July 24, 2009
SEARCHING STREET ADDRESS RANGES
Google has a peice of syntax that lets you enter number ranges into a search by putting two dots between two numbers. For example 2007..2011, will search for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011, if any of those numbers appear in a page it will be returns in the search results. This can be useful when searching for money ranges, eg. $40..$120.
However i didn't use this syntax very often, until I recently discovered that it works within quotes. That means if you are searching a municipal website you can put a range of numbers before the name of a street, and find any mention of those addresses on the site. This is great when you are researching not a specific address but rather a strip, or block with numerous street addresses.
Here are a couple of examples of what the search might look like:
site:phila.gov “4800..5300 Baltimore”
site:toronto.ca "800..1200 Bathurst"
Note: If you add St. or Ave. to the end ofthe street name you will not get all the results since you will miss the full spellings, Street, and Avenue, and visaversa.