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    Google basics and beyond Google basics and beyond Presentation Transcript

    • Steven Jablonski Skokie Public Library The Basics and Beyond
    • Today’s Agenda
      • Why Use Google?
      • The Basics of Google Search
      • Google Tools for Everyone
      • Special Google Searches and Databases
      • Google Account Goodies
      • Google Downloads
      • Alternatives to Google
    • Why Use Google?
      • Google covers more of the Internet than any other search engine
      • Google’s unique PageRank system leads to better search results
        • www.google.com/howgoogleworks
      • Google constantly improves its searching and adds new features
    • The Basics of Google Search
      • Be specific
      • Use multiple terms when appropriate
      • Put phrases in quotation marks
      • Word order matters—put your most important terms first
      • Change your query if you don’t like your results
    • Google Search Quirks
      • Google ignores all capitalization
      • Google ignores most punctuation and special symbols
      • Google automatically searches for plurals and common variants of words
      • Google may adjust its results based on your prior searches
    • Google’s Advanced Search Page
      • Google’s Advanced Search page makes it easy to build complex searches
        • Include or exclude search terms
        • Limit search by language, document type, or safety level
        • Search only a single site or recently updated sites
    • Google’s Preferences Page
      • Google’s Preferences page (“Settings” at top of Google page) allows you to customize your search experience
        • Choose to open your results in a new window
        • Choose how many results you want to see
        • Turn Google’s query suggestions on or off
        • Turn Google’s SafeSearch on or off
    • Spell Checker and Query Suggestions
      • Spell Checker automatically suggests different spellings for questionable search terms
        • Doesn’t work for words very commonly misspelled
      • Query Suggestions automatically guesses what you’re trying to type
        • Suggestions based on your own and other people’s previous searches
        • Can be turned on or off
    • Google Tools
      • In addition to searching, Google provides several useful tools
        • Calculator
        • Unit converter
        • Translator ( www.google.com/language_tools )
      • These tools are easier to use on the Soople website ( www.soople.com ) rather than on Google itself
    • Special Searches
      • Google provides special search results for certain queries
        • Ticker Symbols
        • Local Business Names
        • Names of Major Sports Teams
    • More Special Searches
      • Adding words to certain queries prompts special search results
        • For definitions, add “define:” to a word you want defined
        • For weather conditions, add “weather:” to a ZIP code or name of a city
        • To see where a current movie is playing, add “movie:” to the name of a movie
    • More Special Searches
      • See Google’s Features page for a full list of special searches: ( www.google.com/help/features.html )
    • Special Databases
      • Google News ( news.google.com )
        • Search 30 days of articles from news sources
      • Google Books ( books.google.com )
        • Search the full text of thousands of books
      • Google Product Search ( www.google.com /products )
        • Search for products for sale online
    • Google Maps
      • Google Maps ( maps.google.com ) has several useful features
        • Map, satellite, and street level views
        • Customizable driving, walking, and public transit directions
        • Nearby businesses with reviews
        • Searchable by landmark as well as address
    • Google vs. Bing Maps
      • Bing Maps ( www.bing.com ) is very similar to Google Maps with a few superior features
        • Better highway traffic info
        • Better “Bird’s Eye” photos
    • Google Image Search
      • Google Image Search ( images.google.com ) has several useful features
        • Search by image size (small, medium, large)
        • Search by color (black and white, grayscale, full color)
    • Google vs. Bing Images
      • Bing Images ( www.bing.com ) is very similar to Google Image Search with a few superior features
        • Better display of results
        • More options to refine searches
    • Google Video
      • Google Video ( video.google.com ) has several useful features
        • Search on Youtube, Google Video, and other sources
        • Search by various criteria (rating, date, popularity, etc.)
    • Google vs. Bing Video
      • Bing Video ( www.bing.com ) is very similar to Google Video with a few superior features
        • Videos start running automatically when you move your mouse over them
        • Search only TV shows, News, Sports or other categories
    • Google Account Goodies
      • Sign up for a free Google Account ( www.google.com /accounts ) and get even more from Google
        • Gmail (superior e-mail program)
        • iGoogle (create your own Google home page)
        • Google Web History (keep track of all your Google searches)
        • Docs & Spreadsheets (create, store, share files online)
    • How Can I Remember All This?
      • To see all Google has to offer, click on the About Google page ( www.google.com/about.html )
      • Soople ( www.soople.com ) provides a single easy interface to Google’s many search features
    • Google Downloads
      • Google provides useful free software to download to your computer
        • Google Toolbar (add Google features to your web browser)
        • Picasa (edit, organize, and share your online photos)
        • Google Desktop (search your own computer)
        • See Google’s Options page ( www.google.com /options ) for all available downloads
    • Alternatives to Google
      • Yippy ( search.yippy.com ) clusters results into useful categories
      • Unlike Google and other search engines, Ixquick ( www.ixquick.com ) doesn’t record your searches
    • Any Questions?