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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Presented by Jamie Edrich, Reference Librarian Sachem Public Library http://sachem.suffolk.lib.ny.us/ WWW.GOOGLE.COM 1. Web 2. Images 3. Groups 4. News 5. Froogle 6. Local
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Presented by Jamie Edrich, Reference Librarian
Sachem Public Library
Simply select the search method you want, enter any terms into the field and hit return (or the “Google Search” button)
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
- EXCLUDE a word from results with the “minus key”
~ 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.
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
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
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
Look up a listing by last name and zipcode ex: Smith, 11741
Stock Quotes/Mutual Funds
Enter any NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX symbol for financial info
ex: IBM, MSFT ex: stocks: ibm mco msft
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.
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
Search for maps, directions, businesses
ex: book lust
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.
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 **
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 TV 68,315
Number of Results
Search on just the model number to quickly find a specific item