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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