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What does Google search?
How does Google rank pages?
Google measures the popularity of the page, and takes into account how many other pages link to that page and the popularity of those linking pages. "Web pages are known by the friends they keep."
What are sponsored links?
These are ads paid for by businesses; they are not search results from Google's databases. Companies pay Google each time someone clicks on their ads. More
1. Google searches are NOT case sensitive.
2. Google only returns pages that include all of your search terms. There is no need to include "and" between terms.
3. Google ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters.
4. Google uses stemming technology (recent change). Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms.
5. Google navigation bar: Click the link for the Google service you want to use. You can search the web, browse for images, news, maps and videos, and navigate to Gmail and other Google products.
6. Integrated results Google now searches across all types of content and ranks the results that are most relevant to your search. Your results may be from multiple content types, including images, news, books, maps and videos. To date, does not include Google Scholar. However, links to JSTOR now appear in results list.
7. Cached This link shows the contents of the web page when last indexed. If for some reason the site link doesn't connect you to the current page, you might still find the information you need in the cached version.
8. Google recognizes hyphens, slashes, periods, equal signs, and apostrophes as phrase connectors.
9.How do search engines work? http://computer.howstuffworks.com/search-engine1.htm
" To search on the millions of Web pages, a search engine uses software robots, called spiders, to build lists of the words found on Web sites. When a spider is building its lists, the process is called Web crawling... The usual starting points are lists of heavily used servers and popular pages. The spider will begin with a popular site, indexing the words on its pages and following every link found within the site. In this way, the spidering system quickly begins to travel, spreading out across the most widely used portions of the Web."
Why Google? Google is the biggest search engine database in the world
PageRank™ is the search technology used by Google. It works on a unique combination of factors, including:
- Popularity - based on the number of links to a page and the importance of the pages that link
- Importance - traffic, quality of links
- Word proximity and occurrence in results
Google Search Tips
Basic Search Tips
population China (words are automatically ANDED together)
“climate change” (use quotes for phrases)
~car prices (use ~ for synonyms)
nutrition –recipes (use – to remove terms; include a space before -)
mother-in-law (hyphens, equal signs, & apostrophes search as phrases)
Louis +IV (use + to include 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: 08544 (use movies: + zip code or name of movie & zip)
phonebook: (use as a phone directory--no cell numbers)
bphonebook: (use as a business directory)
202- 829-2310 (type in a phone # & 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:
“Brooklyn Bridge” is * ft long
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 FlightStats.com)
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
For quick arithmetic calculations, use the Google search box.
Use +, -, * and ^
- (subtraction) 88 – 39
* (multiplication) 88 * 39
|/ (division) 88 / 39
% of (percentage of 40% 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 formerly called Froogle
Maps - several types of map: standard, satellite, street view, traffic, and hybrid
G-Mail - Google's email service
More and even More.... brings you to a page listing further Google services and tools including:
Google Book Search
Google Patents http://www.google.com/patents?hl=en search over 7 million patents
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
Google gov: http://www.google.com/ig/usgov Search for site in the US gov
Google univ: http://www.google.com/options/universities.html Search within university sites
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Many, many thanks to Nancy Pressman Levy of Princeton University for permission to use her Guide and all the time and intellectual work that went into it.
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