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1 1 Presented by Jamie Edrich, Reference Librarian Sachem Public Library Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

2 2 1. Web 2. Images 3. Groups 4. News 5. Froogle 6. Local Simply select the search method you want, enter any terms into the field and hit return (or the “Google Search” button)

3 3 Searching Fundamentals 1.Isolate the essence of what you are looking for into a few “keywords” ex: book review blink 2. Try most obvious words first. For information on Picasso, enter Picasso rather than painters 3. Make your keywords specific. antique lead soldiers gets more relevant results than old metal toys Sample searches Use the search terms that would reveal the perfect site you are looking for. ex: 15th president united states ex: passport application vs. apply for passport

4 4 Advanced Operators (to control your results) - EXCLUDE a word from results with the “minus key” -To find the fish: bass -music bass -music -To find the instrument: bass -fishing bass -fishing -To find the patriot (not the beer): samuel adams -beer samuel adams -beer ~ RELATED words and synonyms with the “tilde” ex: ~humor returns sites on humor, comedy, fun, jokes~humor “ ” Quotations to find an exact phrase ex: “that was the year that was”“that was the year that was” * Wildcard (asterisk) to find missing word(s) but not letters ex: “apple has * calories” or “Four * and * Years ago”“apple has * calories”“Four * and * Years ago” The Wildcard command does Not perform stemming or truncation. Google uses stemming by default. A search for children labor will find ‘child labor’ also.children labor

5 5 Advanced Search Page Languages –Search for sites in any of 35 possible languages File Formats – search for specific file types (pdf, ps, doc, xls, ppt, rtf, swf) –ex: map filetype:pdf google filetype:pptmap filetype:pdfgoogle filetype:ppt Dates –Search for sites updated in past 3, 6, 12 months, anytime Domains –Search a specific domain (.org,.edu,.gov) or even a specific website –ex: psychology site:utexas.edu avian flu site:cnn.compsychology site:utexas.eduavian flu site:cnn.com Similar sites –Find web sites with similar content to your favorite ones –ex: related:cnn.comrelated:cnn.com Links –Find out what pages are linking to a given site –ex: link:suffolk.lib.ny.uslink:suffolk.lib.ny.us Clck

6 6 Query Modifiers intitle: – lets you search for terms in the title of a webpage –ex: intitle:museumintitle:museum allintitle: all words you enter must be in title inurl: –Lets you search for terms in the url of a webpage –ex: inurl:galleryinurl:gallery allinurl: all words you enter must be in url cache: shows google’s stored page (search terms highlighted) –ex: cache:www.yahoo.com cache:www.yahoo.com info: information about the page –ex: info:www.yahoo.cominfo:www.yahoo.com

7 7 “Hidden” Features of Google’s Web Search Calculator basic math ex: 87 * 22, 4**3, 8*(24+17), 7!, square root of 6487 * 224**38*(24+17) 7!square root of 64 roman numerals ex: 1983 in roman numerals1983 in roman numerals weights/measures ex: how many teaspoons in a tablespoon, ounces in 7.5 cupshow many teaspoons in a tablespoon ounces in 7.5 cups ex: feet in a mile / inches / cm / lightyearsfeet in a mile inches cm lightyears currency ex: 1 usd in pounds / yen / euros / pesos1 usd in poundsyeneurospesos Note: You can enter the conversion in either direction. ex: 1 foot in inches or inches in a foot1 foot in inches inches in a foot You can use proper abbreviations as well. ex: tsp in a tbsp or ft in a ydtsp in a tbsp ft in a yd Spell Checker/Dictionary Google automatically looks at your terms to see if you’re using the most common spelling of a word. If not, it makes a suggestion. ex: hemorage, bramuda, speilberghemorage bramudaspeilberg Search By Number UPS, FEDEX and USPS tracking ex: 1Z9999W Z9999W Area Codes, V.I.N. #’s, UPC codes ex: 631, Search By Number Range ex: willie mays willie mays

8 8 Phonebook: For Residential and Business listings Enter last name and stateex: phonebook: Smith CAphonebook: Smith CA Enter last name, city and stateex: phonebook: Smith Los Angeles CAphonebook: Smith Los Angeles CA Full name and city/stateex: phonebook: John Smith Los Angeles CAphonebook: John Smith Los Angeles CA Business name, city/state ex: phonebook: pizza Holbrook, NYphonebook: pizza Holbrook, NY When you enter either a full name or a city and state you don’t need to include “phonebook:” in the search. ex: John Smith, NYJohn Smith, NY ex: Smith, Holbrook, NYSmith, Holbrook, NY Reverse phonebook lookup Enter a 10 digit number (doesn’t require dashes)ex: Zipcode lookup Look up a listing by last name and zipcodeex: Smith, 11741Smith, More “Hidden” Features

9 9 Stock Quotes/Mutual Funds Enter any NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX symbol for financial info ex: IBM, MSFT ex: stocks: ibm mco msftIBMMSFTstocks: ibm mco msft Street maps Enter a street address, city, state and zip code, then select “Google Maps”, “Yahoo Maps” or “Mapquest” for your Map ex: 150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY, Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY, Note: Provide as much of the address as you can, though often the street address and city (or zipcode) will be enough ex: 165 University Ave Palo Alto, 150 Holbrook Rd, University Ave Palo Alto150 Holbrook Rd, (Even More Hidden Features) Definitions Provides a list of definitions found on the web, for almost any word, idea or concept… ex: define:tsunami, define:trade winds, ex: define:habeas corpus, define:peripheral neuropathy Music Search – enter a musical group to get links to albums, songs, lyrics, etc.

10 10 Google Image Search (over 1 billion images indexed) Set “filtering” in preferences (to exclude explicit material) Uses same basic search rules as web search. Images are indexed according to image filename, text on the same page and other factors. Term Used Number of Results dog 2,770,000 images pointer 221,000 images pointer dog 7710 images pointer breed 3090 images focus your search File Types : jpg, gif, png, any file type Colors : black & white, grayscale, full color, any colors Advanced Image Search lets y ou specify the SIZE, FILE TYPE and COLOR Sizes : small, medium, large

11 11 Google Local / Google Maps Search for maps, directions, businesses

12 12 Google Labs Google Scholar (scholar.google.com)scholar.google.com –search for academic articles, books ex: cloning –search for books in library ex: molecular cloning Book Search (books.google.com)books.google.com –search contents of books, peek inside ex: book lust Google Video (video.google.com)video.google.com –search tv programs and videos Google Sets (labs.google.com/sets)labs.google.com/sets –ex: donner, blitzen -- mets, yankees -- earth, venus

13 13 Google News Search (search 4500 news sources) News Searching uses same basic search rules and operators Advanced News Search News Sourceselect a newspaper or TV channel to search ex: CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, etc. Locationsearch a news source by a country or state ex: Texas, Russia, UK, Turkey OccurrenceSearch the article text, the headline only, the body only, the url DateSearch any time period within last 2 months You can use an “advanced news search” to find all articles with “Alito” in the Headline of articles in the Washington Post from the last week.

14 14 Language Tools **You can translate selected text or entire web pages ** English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish 1. Search for web sites in any language 2. Find pages located in any country 3. Translate between languages Chinese (beta) Japanese (beta) Korean (beta)

15 15 Froogle (Google Product Searching) RCARCA494,463 RCA TVRCA TV 68,315 P61310P Enter any product name to finds photos of relevant products and links to the stores that sell them. 2. Browse categories on the Froogle homepage 3. Limit your search by price range and sort results by price, product or merchant rating. 4. Search for products located near you (NEW) Search on just the model number to quickly find a specific item Number of Results

16 16 Downloads Google Toolbar: Add a search box to your browser Highlight search terms on results page Search from any webpage Block annoying pop-ups Automatically fill in online forms Browse by name Google Earth: (earth.google.com) *requires a moderately powerful PC Zoom into locations around the globe, get directions, locate businesses, schools, parks, churches, banks, etc. 3d buildings for 40 cities 3d terrain Measure distances from your house to a whole country


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