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1 7/30/07 Google Search Tips: Lesser Used Databases By Robin Hartman, Associate Librarian Darling Library – Hope International University Adapted from “A Google Gambol” (Internet Librarian 2003) Greg Notess, Creator, Search Engine Showdown & Reference Librarian, Montana State University Updated by Bethany Ahlberg 7/30/07

2 7/30/07 Lesser Used Databases of Google Images Video News Maps Books Groups Labs Products Scholar Directory

3 7/30/07 One Search – Many Databases For most of these Google databases we will use one search term: “science olympiad” The quotation marks will require these words to appear together in this order

4 7/30/07 Images

5 7/30/07 Images

6 7/30/07 Google analyzes text on the web page adjacent to the image, captions, and other factors.

7 7/30/07 About Google Images It’s not fool proof! Get more info online at

8 7/30/07 Video

9 7/30/07 Video

10 7/30/07 Google analyzes text on the web page adjacent to the video, captions, and other factors.

11 7/30/07 About Google Video You can choose to use Google’s SafeSearch Filtering (moderate or strict modes) to weed out adult content. Get more info online at

12 7/30/07 News

13 7/30/07 News

14 7/30/07 Google returns indexed web news in English.

15 7/30/07 About Google News The default is to sort by relevance. This means that the story that matches closest to your search term floats to the top of the list. To see the most recent stories first, click “Sort by date”. Google returns indexed web news in English.

16 7/30/07 About Google News To go from your results page to the News home page, click the Browse Top Stories link.

17 7/30/07 About Google News You get different sources & views for each story. Browse by topic using the left sidebar. When you choose to “Browse Top Stories” from the Google News Homepage you leave your original search terms behind.

18 7/30/07 About Google News No human intervention News alert service available Get more info at:

19 7/30/07 Maps

20 7/30/07 Maps

21 7/30/07 Several views are available. Get driving directions from one location to another. Can search using keywords, addresses, map coordinates, business names, & etc.

22 7/30/07 About Google Maps Mapping technology is sourced largely from from NAVTEQ and TeleAtlas. Local business info is compiled from web search results, U.S. Yellow Pages, and directly from businesses themselves. Satellite map data can be 1-3 years old. Get more info online at

23 7/30/07 Books

24 7/30/07 Books

25 7/30/07 Results come from two sources: Google Books Partner Program and Google Books Library Project. Displays links of bookstores and libraries where each book can be found

26 7/30/07 About Google Books Results can include either excerpts or full text of books. Get more info online at

27 7/30/07 Groups

28 7/30/07 Searches usenet and news groups. This can be useful when searching for particular error messages and hints for solutions.

29 7/30/07 About Google Groups To browse through groups, click on the “Explore Groups” link on the Groups home page. Get more info online at

30 7/30/07 Labs

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32 About Google Labs Cool new things google engineers are trying out All prototypes not ready for primetime or even beta status For more info:

33 7/30/07 Products

34 7/30/07 Two views avaialable: Grid View and List View Sort by relevance, price, or rating. Google ranks store sites based on relevance.

35 7/30/07 About Google Products Specify price range, store, and seller rating.

36 7/30/07 About Google Products Beta – they want feedback! Google does not accept payment for placement within search results. Get more info at:

37 7/30/07 Scholar

38 7/30/07 Results taken from scholarly literature

39 7/30/07 About Google Scholar Google ranks articles by weighing: Full text Author Publication in which article appears Number of article’s citations in other scholarly literature More info:

40 7/30/07 Directory

41 7/30/07 Directory

42 7/30/07 Directory Lists and categorizes web sites without ranking them.

43 7/30/07 About Google Directory (Open Directory) Web directory (not a search engine) Human-edited Also used by AOL search, Netscape search, HotBot, Lycos, and others More info:

44 7/30/07 Search Engine Showdown For in depth information on how Google and other web search engines work, go to Greg Notess’ Search Engine Showdown: The User’s Guide to Web Searching at

45 7/30/07 See More Google This is one of three presentations on google search tips. Others include: Lesser used features Lesser used databases Advanced functions


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