1. Google Advanced Search Features – get free, on-demand training; become a super searcher in no time
2. Google Web Search Features – useful everyday information tools 3. iGoogle - build your own ready reference tool 4. Google Custom Search Engine – direct your patron’s searching; put your expertise to work
But first, a little fun! How much do you know about Google?
In addition to providing easy access to a trillion web pages, Google has many special and easy-to-use features to help you to find exactly what you are looking for such as:
stock quotes - and much, much more
airport and airline info
Google Special Search Features To see the weather for many U.S. and worldwide cities, type "weather" followed by the city and state, U.S. zip code, or city and country.
Google Special Search Features To see current market data for a given company or fund, type in the stock code.
Google Special Search Features To see the time in many cities around the world, type in "time" and the name of the city.
Google Special Search Features To use Google's as a calculator, simply enter the calculation you'd like done into the search box.
Google Special Search Features To see a list of different definitions from various online sources, you can type "define:" followed by a word or phrase.
Google Special Search Features Search for books or authors and follow the link to Google Books. Look inside a book, find a book in a library, or purchase a book.
Google Special Search Features You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement such as height, weight, and volume, among many others.
Google Special Search Features To find reviews and show times for movies playing near you, type "movies" or the name of a current film into the Google search box.
Google Special Search Features To see flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights, type in the name of the airline and the flight number into the search box.
Google Special Search Features Look up product information by entering a UPC code.
Google Special Search Features Look up aircraft information using the tail number.
iGoogle A reference librarian’s dream, iGoogle allows you to customize your Google interface to include Google and other services and gadgets, and to make them available in a customized Google interface.
move items by dragging and dropping them around the screen
Collapse and expand items using the tools in the gadget title bar
iGoogle To further customize the look of iGoogle, you may add “tabs” to your page Each tab can have its own theme, and its own set of resources
iGoogle One of the biggest benefits to using iGoogle is that your custom ready reference iGoogle tabbed pages are available to you anytime from anywhere, as long as you are logged into your Google account.
Use the “getting started box to define your engine
Google Custom Search Engine Once created, you can access the settings of your custom search engines by clicking on the “MyAccount” link in Google.
Summary Google Advanced Search Features Use the Google Advanced Search form to conduct more precise searches, as well as to train yourself how to form advanced searches from the Google basic search page. strategic defense initiative -site:gov OR -site:mil allinurl:ballroom dancing OR ballroom dance vizio +1080p tv OR television $500..$750
Summary Google Web Search Features Use the Google Web Search features to quickly and easily find and use everyday information. Teach your patrons how to use Google as a calculator, flight tracker, dictionary, unit converter, and more. Dictionary - define: manumit Product Information – 029000078789 Unit Converter - 20 us dollars in peruvian nuevo sol Flight Information - swa 50
Summary iGoogle - build your own ready reference tool - populate it with your favorite online tools - segment and organize it by type of tools - create and share your own gadgets
- create custom search engines around particular topics
- direct your patron’s searching
- invite other topic experts to contribute
- place your search engine on your iGoogle page
- place your search engine on any web page
Resources for Further Exploration Google Web Search Features http://www. google .com/help/features.html iGoogle http://www. google .com/ ig Google Custom Search http:// google .com/coop/ cse / Google Guide http://www. googleguide .com/