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    • Get the most from Google [email_address]
    • What we will try to cover!
      • Google Searches
      • iGoogle
      • Google Images
      • Google shopping
      • Google News
      • Google Maps
      • Also, maybe, Google Earth and picasa
    • About Google
      • Google's name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes.
      • Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by 2 Ph.D. candidates 24 years old
      • Google's index of web pages is the largest in the world, comprising more than 8 billion web pages
      • Equivalent to stack of paper more than 454 miles high.
      • Google searches this immense collection of web pages often in less than half a second.
    • Google
      • You can search for content in 35 non-English languages
      • Chinese, Greek, Icelandic, Hebrew, and Klingon(star trek)!
      • The company headquarters is called the Googleplex.
      • Google owns the bulleting board archives of Usenet which comprises more than 845 million messages dating back to 1979.
      • This is the world's largest collection of messages
    • Ok.
      • Let’s get started
      • First lets look at the standard search page
    • The search page- your are familiar with (quick overview of this page) Google UK versus Google com- use google UK for UK results only.
    • A quick look a global preferences
      • Your Preferences which determines what google will return- either result for adults or for children.
      • Language options
      • SafeSearch filtering
      • Number of results
      • New results window
    • Interface Language
      • Display Google tips and messages in: over a hundred different lauguages
      • From english to klingong
    • Search Language
      • Search for pages written in all languages
      • OR
      • Search only for pages written in a specific language.
    • SafeSearch filtering
      • Blocks results containing explicit content.
      • Use strict filtering  (Filter both explicit text and explicit images)
      • Use moderate filtering  (Filter explicit images only - default behaviour)
      • Do not filter my search results; can be dangerous!
    • Number of Results
      •  Google's default (10 results) provides the fastest results.
      • Display 10-100 results per page.
      • Also able to open results in new window.
      • That was preferences …now look at image searches..
    • iGoogle- personalised homepage
      • Loads of gadgets and applications to make your google homepage more engaging.
      • Spend a few minutes exploring it.
    • iGoogle- personalised homepage
    • Loads of tabs and gadgets
    • Can move the sections about
    • Add new tabs
    • Tab name
    • More gadgets- Add it now
    • Added Now we will look at Google searches
    • The Essentials of Google Search
      • Doing a search on Google is easy.
      • Simply type one or more search terms
      • words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find
      • hit the 'Enter'
    • Let’s start by typing in a search phrase e.g your name mine is“mr colin hamilton” hit the 'Enter'
    • You get a results page– lets have a look at this page next…
    • Google results page ( but only 1000 results are ever returned )
      • A. Top links
      • B. Google search button
      • C. Advanced search
      • D. Search field
      • E. Preferences
      • F. Statistics bar
      • G. Tip
      • H. OneBox results
      • I. Page title
      • J. Text below the title
      • K. URL of result
      • L. Size
      • M. Cached
      • N. Similar pages
      • O. Indented result
      • P. More results
      Now a quick look at a cached page
    • Cached pages
      • Google takes a snapshot of each page when it crawls a site
      • Used as a back-up in case the original page is unavailable.
      • Click on the "Cached" link, to view it
      • When the cached page is displayed, it will have a header at the top which serves as a reminder that this is not necessarily the most recent version of the page.
      • Terms that match your query are highlighted on the cached version to make it easier for you to see why your page is relevant.
    • Google stores a copy of webpages and highlights where the terms are useful for in long pages!
    • Or you could follow the link as normal to the original page
    • Ok so that’s fine.
      • We have searched for a phrase and got a result.
      • Let’s look a what makes a good search…
    • Choosing search terms
      • Choosing the right search terms is the key to finding the information you need.
      • You can start with keywords such as “ Japan Capital ”
      • Or you can be very specific by asking a very specific question “ what is the capital of japan ”
      • Any question you can think of; most likely someone else has thought of before and google will already have a record of it.
      • So give it a try, ask a question
    • Questions
      • What is the time
      • What is the capital of Scotland
      • What is podcasting
      • You will find that asking questions- Google often answers as well as giving you pages with results.
      • Give it a try
    • Capitalisation
      • Google searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for
        • Tony Blair ,
        • TONY BLAIR,
        • toNy bLAiR
      • will all return the same results.
      • Give it a try
    • Automatic " and " queries
      • By default, Google only returns pages that include all of your search terms.
      • Google says there is no need to include " and " between terms.
      • “ car and insurance ” “ car insurance ” should return the same result.
      • In some cases you may find that it DOES make a difference.
      • ALSO ! Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are typed will affect the search results.
      • Insurance car and car insurance will return different results
      • Give it a try
    • Automatic exclusion of common words
      • Google ignores common words
      • E.g " where " and " how “
      • If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. Star wars +episode +1
      • Or use Quotes (e.g., “Star wars episode 1" )
      • Give it a try
    • Word variations (stemming)
      • E.g If you search for pet dog dietary needs , Google will also search for pet dog diet needs , and other related variations of your terms.
      • Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.
      • Give it a try
    • “ Phrase searches”
      • You can search for specific sentences
      • E.g . “what is the best mp3 player”
      • Put quotation marks around your search terms.
      • Give it a try
    • Exclusive terms
      • If your search term has more than one meaning
        • E.g (virus) , a computer one or a real one?
      • Put a minus sign ("-") in front of words related to the meaning you want to avoid.
      • To Find pages about viruses excluding computer viruses virus -computer
      • Give it a try
    • And finally... "I'm Feeling Lucky"
      • "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, takes you straight to the most relevant website that Google found for your query.
      • E.g. search for Strathclyde university and click "I'm Feeling Lucky" instead of the Google Search button. Google will take you directly to "www.strath.ac.uk"
      • Give it a try
    • NOW some more search types
      • Lets look at other ways to refine your search
      • Using :
        • OR
        • synonyms,
        • Domain searches
        • Number ranges
    • Using OR in a search
      • You can search for several terms at once such as
      • "holidays in japan" OR "holidays in china“
      • And you will get results for either.
      • Try it now.
    • Using Include in a Search
      • If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it.
      • Star wars +episode +1
      • Which we have already seen
      • Try it now.
    • Using a Synonym in a Search
      • Search for a term and also its synonyms,
      • place the tilde sign ("~") immediately in front of your search term.
      • E.g. ~auto insurance
      • To search for auto, car, vehicle etc
      • Try it now.
    • Doing a Domain Search
      • You can use Google to search only within one specific website
      • Enter the search terms you're looking for, followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name.
      • Eg. prospectus site:strath.ac.uk
      • Try it now.
    • Doing a Numrange Search
      • Numrange searches for results containing numbers in a given range.
      • Just add two numbers, separated by two periods, with no spaces, into the search box along with your search terms.
      • For example, here's how you'd search for a DVD player that costs between £50 and £100:
        • DVD player £50..£100 Will show you a link to froogle results.
      • Try it now.
    • Search quick references
    • Advanced search summary you can search for pages
      • that contain ALL the search terms you type in
      • that contain the exact phrase you type in
      • that contain at least one of the words you type in
      • that do NOT contain any of the words you type in
      • written in a certain language
      • created in a certain file format
      • that have been updated within a certain period of time
      • that contain numbers within a certain range
      • within a certain domain, or website
      • that don't contain "adult" material
    • Now lets look at even more Advanced searching. Look at:
      • cache
      • link
      • related
      • info
      • define
      • stocks
      • site
      • allintitle
      • intitle
      • allinurl
      • inurl
    • cache
      • If you include other words in the query, Google will highlight those words within the cached document.
      • E.g. [ cache:www.bbc.co.uk lebanon ] will show the cached content with the word “lebanon" highlighted.
      • Try it now.
    • cache
      • Also use "Cached" link on Google's main results page.
      • The query [cache:] will show the version of the web page that Google has in its cache.(its own copy)
    • link
      • Lists webpages that have links to the specified webpage.
      • E.g [ link:www.google.com ] will list webpages that have links pointing to the Google homepage.
      • Try this now
    • For my staff page- only one page links to it, the staff list.
    • related
      • The query [related:] will list web pages that are "similar" to a specified web page.
      • For instance, [ related:www.strath.ac.uk ] will list web pages that are similar to the Google homepage.
    • info
      • The query [info:] will present some information that Google has about that web page.
      • For instance, [ info:www.google.com ] will show information about the Google homepage.
      • Try this now
    • Define
      • You can ask google for a definition of a word or a phrase such as
      • define:podcast
      • This can be a very useful function
      • Try it now.
    • stocks
      • Find out stock prices using the Stock: query
      • Eg. [stocks: intc yhoo] will show information about Intel and Yahoo.
      • ( Note type the ticker symbols, not the company name.)
      • This functionality is also available if you search just on the stock symbols (e.g. [ intc yhoo ]) and then click on the "Show stock quotes" link on the results page.
      • Try it now.
    • stocks
    • allintitle
      • If you start a query with [allintitle:], Google will restrict the results to those with all of the query words in the title.
      • For instance, [allintitle: google search] will return only documents that have both "google" and "search" in the title.
      • Try it now.
    • intitle
      • If you include [intitle:] in your query, Google will restrict the results to documents containing that word in the title.
      • For instance, [intitle:google search] will return documents that mention the word "google" in their title, with "search" anywhere in the document.
      • Try it now
    • allinurl
      • If you start a query with [allinurl:], Google will restrict the results to those with all of the query words in the url.
      • For instance, [allinurl: google search] will return only documents that have both "google" and "search" in the url.
      • Try it now
    • inurl
      • If you include [inurl:] in your query, Google will restrict the results to documents containing that word in the url.
      • For instance, [inurl:google search] will return documents that mention the word "google" in their url, and mention the word "search" anywhere in the document.
      • Try it now
    • Advanced search summary you can search for pages
      • that contain ALL the search terms you type in
      • that contain the exact phrase you type in
      • that contain at least one of the words you type in
      • that do NOT contain any of the words you type in
      • written in a certain language
      • created in a certain file format
      • that have been updated within a certain period of time
      • that contain numbers within a certain range
      • within a certain domain, or website
      • that don't contain "adult" material
    • Advanced search reference
    • ADVANCED SEARCH PAGE- lets talk about this screen- No of results:
    • Search for non-english languages
    • Search for PDFs or excel only etc Do a search for expense.with file format xls to find a spreadsheet
    • Pages of specific age
    • Look for pages with the keywords in the title or the URL etc This type of search is susceptible to abuse- hackers us it to find sensitive password files.
    • Usage rights helps you find published content -- including music, photos, movies, books, and educational materials -- that you can share or modify above and beyond fair use.
    • Look for similar pages
    • See the similar page link on the results page below
    • Spend some time trying some advanced searches
    • Ideas
      • 1. Look for a budget in excel (xls) format
      • 2. Look for a word document on recycling
      • 3. Think of something you’d like to find- eg image of loch lommond
    • 1. Look for a budget in excel format
    • 2. Look for a word document on recycling
    • Other nice things about Google search
      • Lets look at a couple of other interesting things Google search can do for you.
    • Spell Checker
      • Google's spell checking software automatically looks at your query and checks your spelling
      • It can also ask "Did you mean: ( more common spelling )?".
      • Clicking on the suggested spelling will launch a Google search for that term.
      • E.g. what is a poddcast – google will ask Did you mean: what is a podcast   
    • Spell Checker
    • calculator
      • Google can work out calculations for you.
      • E.g. 500*13
      • It can do many complex calculations
      • 5+2*2
      • 2^20
      • sqrt(-4)
      • half a cup in teaspoons
      • 160 pounds * 4000 feet in Calories
    • Such as below
    • Or even more complex!
      • 1 a.u./c
      • 56*78
      • 1.21 GW / 88 mph
      • e^(i pi)+1
      • 100 miles in kilometers
      • sine(30 degrees)
      • G*(6e24 kg)/(4000 miles)^2
      • 0x7d3 in roman numerals
      • 0b1100101*0b1001
    • Calculator reference
    • Currency Conversion
      • You can convert currency with google
        • enter the conversion you'd like done
        • hit "Enter" or click the Google Search button
      • Here are some sample queries:
      • 3.5 USD in GBP
      • currency of Brazil in Malaysian money
      • 5 British pounds in South Korean money
      • 2.2 USD per gallon in INR per litre
    • Currency Conversion
    • Refinement of your search
      • For searches within certain topics, you may notice links at the top of the search results page that help you quickly narrow your search
    • Select a refinement e.g .test/diagnosis
    • Get a more refined result Or type in your own query e.g. back pain more:sciatic nerve
    • Results as below
    • That’s a lot on searches!
      • Google has much more interesting ways to navigate the information on the web
      • Image search, news search etc
      • You can also set preferences to tell google what type of results you’d like
        • .e.g no adult content.
    • Image search – search for all types of images
    • e.g. type in your name and hit search Try it now
    • Specify size of image
    • Get large images of Glasgow
    • Click on an image to open webpage frame- see below
    • Advanced image searches e.g Search for black/white images only
    • image preferences – unfiltered search = uncensored images!
    • Spend sometime searching for interesting images.
    • End of google images
      • Now what else does google have?
      • Google news
    • Now lets look at google News
    • News section has all the latest world news- lets talk about the screen.
    • Select news from locations
    • You can customise this page layout- move types of stories up to the top of the page
    • Move the boxes around on the right and save layout. Try this now
    • As below
    • Also can add a custom news section e.g. lebanon
    • See it as below
    • See lebanon section below
    • Advanced news search available- e.g Return only articles from the CNN
    • Specify news source e.g. BBC
    • That was News- so lets look at Google shopping Now called Products
    • Google shopping
      • Google shopping organises the Web’s product information.
      • From price ranges and comparisons to store and product ratings and reviews,
      • Froogle gives you all the information you need to shop effectively online.
    •  
    • Google shopping results
    • Search for mp3 player Try it now
    • Google shopping features..
      • Compare Product Prices Why pay £10 if you can get it for £9?
      • Just click the “Compare prices” link in any search result to see prices for the same product at different online stores
    • Google shopping features..
      • Merchant Ratings The number of solid stars next to a store's name is that store's overall rating (on a 0-to-5 scale) from online store rating sites.
      • Merchant Review Page Click on a merchant rating and you will go to a Merchant Reviews page, where you can read customer comments from merchant rating sites.
    • Google shopping features..
      • Product Ratings Within your search results for electronics products, you will see a 0-to-5 overall rating and the number of reviews we have for the product.
    • Sort By Price Sort your search results by price, high to low or low to high
    • Google shopping grid view
    • Google shopping advanced search
    • Advanced search- e.g. between price range
    • advanced search £50-100
    • Select a product and find out more before you buy it.
    • Then buy it from the shop..
    • Video Search http://video.google.co.uk/
      • you can search for, watch and even buy an ever-growing collection of TV programmes, films, music videos, documentaries, personal productions and more via google videos.
      • Just type in your search term (try Google) or do a more advanced search (try title: Nike ) and google will search for relevant results.
    • Video Search
    • Video Search results
    • Video Search
      • You can watch brief previews by clicking the "play" icon
      • Clicking on a thumbnail image will take you to a playback page, where you can watch the preview or, if content is free, the video itself.
      • You can also purchase or rent premium content at the Google Video store using your Google Account.
    • Video Search results
    • Ok, lets search for a video- e.g. Alex jones
    • See a host of free videos to watch online
    • Pick a thumbnail and it will open up a large video display.
    • So that was google videos now we will look at Google maps
    • Google Maps
    • Google Maps – lets talk about the screen
    • Click on glasgow or type it in
    • goes to glasgow
    • Satellite view
    • Hybrid view
    • Type in glasgow g1 1xq
    • Zoom right in
    • Get directions from here to your postcode
    • Get route to print or email
    • Google maps an beyond
      • View maps and directions
        • Google earth
          • Offers maps and satellite images for complex or pinpointed regional searches. earth . google .com/
        • Google moon
          • moon . google .com/
        • Google mars
          • Regions · Mountains · Plains · Canyons · Ridges · Stories · Dunes · Craters www. google .com/ mars /
      • We will have a look at each of them next..
    • Google earth- look at screen
    • View an image of your home, on Earth
      • - Click Fly To .
      • Enter the location in the input box and click the Search button.
      • In the search results (Places pane), double click the location. Google Earth flies you to this location.
    • Type in Glasgow and watch it go!
    • Zoom right into your own house!
    • Go on a tour of the world
      • - In the Places pane, check the Sightseeing folder and click the Play Tour button:
    • Site seeing- view grand canyon etc
    • Get driving instructions
      • Get driving directions from one place to another and fly (follow) the route –
    • Click directions on put in name or postcode
    • View other cool locations
      • and features created by other Google Earth users –
      • Layers pane> google earth community.
      • Interesting placemarks and other features appear in the 3D viewer.
      • Double click these points of interest to view and explore..
    • View 3D terrain of a place
      • This is more fun with hilly or mountainous terrain, such as the Grand Canyon.
      • Go to a location grand canyon or san Francisco city. When the view shows the location, use the tilt slider to tilt the terrain.
    • San francisco + 3d view
    • Google earth
      • Spend some time with google earth.
      • Look for your house
      • Look for a holiday destination.
      • Look for a place you’d love to visit in your life.
    • Google moon
      • Look around the surface of the moon
    • http://moon.google.com/
    • Google mars
      • Look around the surface of the mars
    • http://www.google.com/mars/
    • Picasa- quick overview of screen
    • What can picasa do?
      • Find all pictures on your PC
      • Import , export pictures from a camera etc
      • Edit your pictures
      • Create slideshows
      • Email pictures, create webpages
      • Make collages
      • Rate and label your favourites pictures,
      • Search for pictures using keywords.
    • Find the pictures you forgot you had.
      • Picasa organises your entire collection while you watch, scanning the images on your computer and automatically sorting them by date.
      • You can import folders of your choice.
    • Select Import
    • Import a folder or from a device
    • Slideshow
    • Slideshow- star rate your pictures. This slideshow you can burn to CD as well.
    • Add a star rating.
      • Rate your pictures with stars
      • And use picasa star search to filter out the best pictures
    • Move and re-name pictures
      • Clean up messy folders - drag and drop pictures from one folder in Picasa to another.
      • Only takes seconds to re-name one picture or a group of pictures.
    • Select pictures. Menu, Picture> Batch edit> rename, etc
    • Also try out some other functions: sepia etc
    • Right click on pic: View and edit
    • Tuning- fill light.
    • Make a label.
      • Use labels to tag your photos into quick groupings inside Picasa.
      • Viewing and sharing the pictures you grouped under a label is easy
        • – they make great slide shows and movies or you can email them to friends.
    • Right mouse click on a picture and select add label.
    • Keep one picture in multiple albums.
      • Picasa creates a new “instance” of each photo you label without taking up more space on your computer, so you can put the same picture into multiple albums.
    • Timeline line view of your albums
    • Create a slideshow on a CD- e.g. for wedding photos etc.
    • Google-end
      • There are new things in google every other day.
      • We have looked at just a few of them!
      • Thank you.
      • end