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Google Search

Welcome to the RCCC Google Search research guide.  This guide may be used to assist in searching the Google Search engine which is the most-used search engine on the World Wide Web. This guide will provide you with information on Advanced Search Tips, Google Scholar, Google Book Search, Google News, More Google Options, and information on Google Guides.

Basic Search Tips

Listed below are several search tips that can be used to retrieve information, e.g., population of a particular country, climate change, car prices, nutrition recipes, etc.  By following any of the search tips below, you will be given information that relates to the specific search of choice.

  • population United States            words are automatically ANDED
  • "climate change"                         use quotes for phrases
  • ~ car prices                                   use ~ for synonyms
  • nutrition -recipes                         use - to remove terms; a space before-
  • mother-in-law                               hyphens, equal signs, & apostrophes search as phrases
  • Louis +IV                                        use + to included the exact form of the word
  • Pakistan or Kashmir                  use OR to include either word
  • define: fort                                    use define: for definitions
  • weather:  Lima                            use weather: to find weather conditions
  • time:  Venice                                use time: to find local times around the world
  • stocks:  goog                               use stocks: to find stock quotes
  • movies:  28081                            use movies: + zip code or name of movie & zip
  • phonebook:                                  use as a phone directory --no cell numbers
  • bphonebok:                                  use as a business directory
  • 704-376-9876                              type in a phone # and get name/address of caller
  • Joyce * Oates                             use the asterisk * to replace a word or an initial
  • gas prices 08540                       get current gas prices in your neighborhood

Get facts fast:

  • "Golden Gate Bridge" is ft long

Travel/Flight tips:

  • ewr airport                             find current conditions at an airport
  • "airline seats"                      link to seatguru.com for plane seats
  • Continental 23                      get info on your flight-from FlightSeats.com

Google Currency Converter:

  • 500 yen in US Dollars
  • Currency Kenya
  • 5 USD in euros

Google Measurement Conversions:

  • 5 degrees C in f                      5 degrees Celsius = Fahrenheit
  • 40 m in k                                40 miles = kilometers
  • 8 Liters to quarts                  8 Liters = ? Quarts
  • 32 feet to meters

Google Calculator:
For quick arithmetic calculations, use the Google search box. Use +, -, * and ^

  • - (subtraction)                      88-39
  • * (multiplication)                  88 * 39
  • |/ (division)                            88/39
  • % of (percentage of)          40% of 275

 

 




 

Navigating the Google Site

Navigating Google from the front page

Images - search the web for images.

Video - search the Internet for videos or browse by category.

News - search the web for news stories (also has an alert service).

Google Shopping - allows users to search for products on online shopping websites & compare prices between different vendors.

Maps - several types of maps: standard, satellite, street view, traffic, and hybrid.

G-Mail - Google's email service.

More and even More...brings you to a page listing additional Google services and tools.

Google Scholar - provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Google Books Search - enter the keyword or phrase that you are looking for in the Google Books box. Google in turn will find books whose contents match your search terms.

Google Blog - search Blogs on your favorite topics.

iGoogle - allows you to customize a Google portal should you wish to make it your home.

Google Financial - beta product that offers information about North American stocks, mutual funds, and public and private companies along with charts, news, and fundamental financial data.

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