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Google basics and beyond

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