https://www.google.com/accounts/Your Google Account gives you access to various Google services, including Google Groups, Froogle Shopping List, Personalized Search, your Personalized Homepage, and Google Answers. If you’ve used any of these services before, you already have a Google Account. Your account username is simply the email address you used during the creation process. Creating a Google Account won’t automatically give you a Gmail account, nor will it affect your current emailing capabilities. Creating a Gmail account, however, does automatically give you a Google Account. So, if you currently have Gmail, you can use your Gmail username and password to sign in to any service requiring a Google Account.
At first glance, Google looks like a simple web search with few options, but that’s not the case. In this section I will cover Google’s search features, commands, and the content or purpose specific searches.
Advanced SearchGoogle’s information about Advanced Search is located at: http://www.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=searchguides.html&ctx=advanced
Google’s advanced search page has several fields you can use to easily create searches with several qualifiers. To access Advanced search, click the “Advanced Search” link location to the right of the search box. Or go here: http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
Search OperatorsGoogle has several operators, or commands, that can be typed into the search box to request specific information. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find a comprehensive list, so I will try to compile one here. Google provides information about operators in the help center:http://www.google.com/help/operators.html.
Additional operators can be found in the features page, http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html and the Google Cheat Sheet, http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html.
Symbol and Boolean Operators
Calculator FunctionsYou can type calculations into the Google search. This is useful for doing complex calculations on mobile devices. For detailed information, see the Google Calculator page http://www.google.com/help/calculator.html.
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.
How are articles ranked?
Google Scholar aims to sort articles the way researchers do, weighing the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appears, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature. The most relevant results will always appear on the first page.
Google Scholar’s help is located at:http://scholar.google.com/intl/en/scholar/refinesearch.html
Google Scholar has an advanced search feature. The URL is: http://scholar.google.com/advanced_scholar_search
Most of the Google search operators will not work in the scholar search, but the scholar search has a couple unique operators:
What is Google Book Search?Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them.
How does Google Book Search work?Just do a search on Google Book Search or on Google.com. When we find a book whose content contains a match for your search terms, we’ll link to it in your search results. Click a book title and you’ll see, like a card catalog entry, some basic information about the book. You may also see a few snippets of text from the book showing your search term in context. If the publisher or author has given us permission through our Partner Program then you’ll see a few full pages from the book and if the book is out of copyright, you’ll be able to page through the entire book. In all cases, you’ll see links that lead directly to online bookstores where you can buy the book.
Google Book’s Help is located at: http://books.google.com/support
How can I find books that I can download?Visit books.google.com. Search for downloadable books by clicking on the “Full view books” radio button before entering your search terms. Once you select a book from your results, you’ll see a “Download” button on the right side of the page if the book is out of copyright. Click the button to download a PDF of the book to your computer. Once the book is downloaded, you can print it and read it at your own pace.
Advanced SearchGoogle Books has an advanced search feature. The URL is: http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search
Search OperatorsMost of the Google search operators will not work in the book search, but the book search has a few unique operators:
A Novel Approach to NewsGoogle News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from more than 4,500 English-language news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader’s personalized interests.
Traditionally, news readers first pick a publication and then look for headlines that interest them. We do things a little differently, with the goal of offering our readers more personalized options and a wider variety of perspectives from which to choose. On Google News we offer links to several articles on every story, so you can first decide what subject interests you and then select which publishers’ accounts of each story you’d like to read. Click on the headline that interests you and you’ll go directly to the site which published that story.
Articles are selected and ranked by computers that evaluate, among other things, how often and on what sites a story appears online. As a result, stories are sorted without regard to political viewpoint or ideology and you can choose from a wide variety of perspectives on any given story.
Google News’ help is located at: http://www.google.com/support/news/
Advanced SearchGoogle News has an advanced search feature. The URL is: http://news.google.com/advanced_news_search
Search OperatorMost of the Google search operators will not work in the news search, but the book search has a unique operator:
Personalizing Google NewsIf you have a Google Account you can personalize Google News to include the sections that you want to appear and in what order they appear. You can also create a custom section based on a search query. This functionality lets you build a virtual newspaper.
Google News search results feedsYou can also get a feed for any search you do on Google News. First do any search on Google News, then simply use the Atom or RSS link on the left-hand side of your search results page to generate the feed.
http://www.google.com/coop/cse/What is a Custom Search Engine?A Custom Search Engine is a tailored search experience, built using Google's core search technology, which prioritizes or restricts search results based on websites and pages that you specify, and which can be tailored to reflect your point of view or area of expertise.
Examples of a custom search are located at:http://www.google.com/coop/cse/examples/Educators
The documentation for creating Google Custom Searches is located at:http://www.google.com/coop/docs/cse/
http://maps.google.comWhat is Google Maps?Google Maps is a Google service offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology and local business information-including business locations, contact information, and driving directions. With Google Maps, you’ll enjoy the following unique features:
Google Maps’ help is located at: http://maps.google.com/support
Google Maps Tour:A tour of Google Maps’ features is located at: http://www.google.com/help/maps/tour/
Driving directions using Google Maps:You can find directions on Google Maps in several ways:
Finding local places:If you want to find a business in a city use the [in] operator to add a location to the search. For instance, [bookstore in Jacksonville, Fl] will return a map of Jacksonville with pins noting the locations of bookstores.
Google’s University Search enables you to narrow your search to a specific university website.
UNF’s search page: http://www.google.com/univ/unf
With Google Patent Search, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you.
Patent Search Operators:
Google has added two new layers to the US Government section: U.S. Senators, and US Congressional Districts. The U.S. Senators layer shows the current senators with links to their websites, images, and news. U.S. Congressional Districts layer shows congress district boarders and representatives, with links to the website of the representative, images, and news.
Google Desktop gives you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. It’s a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail, web pages that you’ve viewed, and more. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails and bookmarks. It makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google.
Google Desktop doesn’t just help you search your computer; it also helps you gather new information from the web with Sidebar, a desktop feature that shows you your new email, weather, stock information, personalized news, RSS/Atom feeds, and more. Sidebar is personalized automatically, without any manual configuration required (though you can certainly make your own customizations if you want to or turn off automatic personalization).
The idea is simple: a globe on your computer. You point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route.
SketchUp is a deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. SketchUp was developed to combine the elegance and spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today’s digital media.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips.
Picasa also makes it a snap to share your pictures – you can email, print photos at home, and make gift CDs. And with the new Web Albums feature, you can upload your photos to the web with just one click. You can even download your friends’ photos directly back to Picasa on your own computer. It’s never been so easy to share photos online.
Google Toolbar is an add-on for Internet Explorer and FireFox that provides easy access to several Google searches and tools.
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
Blogger is an online application for creating, updating, managing, and hosting blogs.
Google Reader is Google’s Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed reader.
Google Docs is a web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group’s homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan.
A translation service that can translate between languages. It can be used to translate a word, a phrase, or an entire webpage.
A free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it’s easy to keep track of all your life’s important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor’s appointments – all in one place.
Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It’s organizing made easy.
Gmail is Google’s free webmail service. It comes with built-in Google search technology and over 2,600 megabytes of storage (and growing every day). You can keep all your important messages, files and pictures forever, use search to quickly and easily find anything you’re looking for, and make sense of it all with a new way of viewing messages as part of conversations. You can use search to find emails. Click here for a list of search operators
Google Groups is a free service which helps groups of people communicate effectively using email and the Web. Every group has a home page hosted by Google where members can start new discussions or reply to older topics. Every group also has its own email address to help its members stay in touch with each other. Members can read and search all public Google Groups content, including more than 1 billion postings from the Usenet bulletin board service, dating back to 1981. Every group has its own Google-fast search, making it easy to find discussions locked away deep in your group’s archive.
Google Sites http://sites.google.com
Google Sites is an online application that makes creating a team web site as easy as editing a document. With Google Sites, people can quickly gather a variety of information in one place -- including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text -- and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, their entire organization, or the world.
Google offers the ability to create a personalized iGoogle page that gives you at-a-glance access to key information from Google and across the web. On this self-designed page, you can choose and organize content such as:
Please note: Google's descriptions are used whenever possible. http://www.google.com/support?hl=en
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