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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

Presented by Jamie Edrich, Reference Librarian

Sachem Public Library

www google com

1. Web

2. Images

3. Groups

4. News

5. Froogle

6. Local

Simply select the search method you want, enter any terms into the field and hit return (or the “Google Search” button)

searching fundamentals
Searching Fundamentals
  • Isolate the essence of what you are looking for into a few “keywords” ex: book review blink

2.Try most obvious words first. For information on Picasso, enter Picasso rather than painters

3.Make your keywords specific. antique lead soldiers gets more relevant results than old metal toys

    • Sample searches
    • Use the search terms that would reveal the perfect site you are looking for.
  • ex: 15th president united states
  • ex: passport application vs. apply for passport
advanced operators to control your results
Advanced Operators(to control your results)

- EXCLUDE a word from results with the “minus key”

  • To find the fish: bass -music
  • To find the instrument: bass -fishing
  • To find the patriot (not the beer): samuel adams -beer

~ RELATED words and synonyms with the “tilde”

ex: ~humor returns sites on humor, comedy, fun, jokes

“ ” Quotations to find an exact phrase

ex: “that was the year that was”

* Wildcard (asterisk) to find missing word(s) but not letters

ex: “apple has * calories” or “Four * and * Years ago”

The Wildcard command does Not perform stemming or truncation.

Google uses stemming by default.

A search for children labor will find ‘child labor’ also.

advanced search page http www google com advanced search
Advanced Search Page


  • Languages
    • Search for sites in any of 35 possible languages
  • File Formats
    • search for specific file types (pdf, ps, doc, xls, ppt, rtf, swf)
    • ex: map filetype:pdfgoogle filetype:ppt
  • Dates
    • Search for sites updated in past 3, 6, 12 months, anytime
  • Domains
    • Search a specific domain (.org, .edu, .gov) or even a specific website
    • ex: psychology site:utexas.eduavian flu
  • Similar sites
    • Find web sites with similar content to your favorite ones
    • ex:
  • Links
    • Find out what pages are linking to a given site
    • ex:
query modifiers
Query Modifiers
  • intitle:
    • lets you search for terms in the title of a webpage
    • ex: intitle:museum
  • allintitle: all words you enter must be in title
  • inurl:
    • Lets you search for terms in the url of a webpage
    • ex: inurl:gallery
  • allinurl: all words you enter must be in url
  • cache: shows google’s stored page (search terms highlighted)
  • info: information about the page
    • ex:
hidden features of google s web search
“Hidden” Features of Google’s Web Search


basic math ex: 87 * 22, 4**3, 8*(24+17) , 7! , square root of 64

roman numerals ex: 1983 in roman numerals

weights/measures ex: how many teaspoons in a tablespoon , ounces in 7.5 cups

ex: feet in a mile / inches / cm / lightyears

currency ex: 1 usd in pounds / yen / euros / pesos


You can enter the conversion in either direction. ex: 1 foot in inches or inches in a foot

You can use proper abbreviations as well. ex: tsp in a tbsporft in a yd

Spell Checker/Dictionary

Google automatically looks at your terms to see if you’re using

the most common spelling of a word. If not, it makes a suggestion.

ex: hemorage,bramuda, speilberg

Search By Number

UPS, FEDEX and USPS tracking ex:1Z9999W99999999999

Area Codes, V.I.N. #’s, UPC codes ex:631, 073333531084

Search By Number Range

ex: willie mays 1955..1960


More “Hidden” Features

For Residential and Business listings

  • Enter last name and state ex: phonebook: Smith CA
  • Enter last name, city and state ex: phonebook: Smith Los Angeles CA
  • Full name and city/state ex: phonebook: John Smith Los Angeles CA
  • Business name, city/state ex:phonebook:pizza Holbrook, NY

When you enter either a full name or a city and state

you don’t need to include “phonebook:” in the search.

ex: John Smith, NY

ex:Smith, Holbrook, NY


Reverse phonebook lookup

Enter a 10 digit number (doesn’t require dashes) ex: 631-588-5024

Zipcode lookup

Look up a listing by last name and zipcode ex: Smith, 11741


(Even More Hidden Features)

Stock Quotes/Mutual Funds

Enter any NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX symbol for financial info

ex: IBM, MSFT ex: stocks: ibm mco msft

Street maps

Enter a street address, city, state and zip code,

then select “Google Maps”, “Yahoo Maps” or “Mapquest” for your Map

ex: 150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY, 11741

Note:Provide as much of the address as you can, though oftenthe street address and city (or zipcode) will be enough

ex: 165 University Ave Palo Alto ,150 Holbrook Rd, 11741


Provides a list of definitions found on the web, for almost any word, idea or concept…

ex:define:tsunami , define:trade winds,

ex:define:habeas corpus , define:peripheral neuropathy

Music Search – enter a musical group to get links to albums, songs, lyrics, etc.

google image search over 1 billion images indexed
Google Image Search(over 1 billion images indexed)
  • Set “filtering” in preferences (to exclude explicit material)
  • Uses same basic search rules as web search.
  • Images are indexed according to image filename, text on the same page and other factors.

Term UsedNumber of Results

dog 2,770,000 images

pointer 221,000 images

pointer dog 7710 images

pointer breed 3090 images


focus your search

Advanced Image Searchlets you specify the SIZE, FILETYPE and COLOR

Sizes: small, medium, large

File Types: jpg, gif, png, any file type

Colors: black & white, grayscale, full color, any colors

google local google maps http local google com
Google Local / Google Maps

Search for maps, directions, businesses

google labs http labs google com
Google Labs
  • Google Scholar (
    • search for academic articles, books ex: cloning
    • search for books in library ex: molecular cloning
  • Book Search (
    • search contents of books, peek inside

ex: book lust

  • Google Video (
    • search tv programs and videos
  • Google Sets (
    • ex: donner, blitzen -- mets, yankees -- earth, venus
google news search search 4500 news sources
Google News Search(search 4500 news sources)

News Searching uses same basic search rules and operators

Advanced News Search

News Source select a newspaper or TV channel to search

ex: CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, etc.

Location search a news source by a country or state

ex: Texas, Russia, UK, Turkey

Occurrence Search the article text, the headline only, the body only, the url

Date Search any time period within last 2 months

You can use an “advanced news search” to find all articles with “Alito” in the Headline of articles in the WashingtonPost from the last week.


language tools
Language Tools

1. Search for web sites in any language

2. Find pages located in any country

3. Translate between languages

**You can translate selected text or entire web pages **






Chinese (beta)

Japanese (beta)

Korean (beta)


froogle google product searching
Froogle(Google Product Searching)

1. Enter any product name to finds photos of relevant products and links to the stores that sell them.

2. Browse categories on the Froogle homepage

3. Limit your search by price range and sort results by price, product or merchant rating.

4. Search for products located near you (NEW)

RCA 494,463

RCA TV 68,315

P61310 17

Number of Results


Search on just the model number to quickly find a specific item

downloads www google com downloads
  • Google Toolbar:
  • Add a search box to your browser
  • Highlight search terms on results page
  • Search from any webpage
  • Block annoying pop-ups
  • Automatically fill in online forms
  • Browse by name
  • Google Earth: ( *requires a moderately powerful PC
  • Zoom into locations around the globe, get directions, locate businesses, schools, parks, churches, banks, etc.
  • 3d buildings for 40 cities
  • 3d terrain
  • Measure distances from your house to a whole country