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Google search engine: Tips for an effective google search

Updated on June 30, 2008

What is google?

"Google" is a play on the word "googol" which is the mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeros and "...reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web."

Founders of google:

Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Why google is used by many of us?

  • The interface is clear and simple.
  • Pages load instantly.
  • Placement in search results is never sold to anyone.
  • Advertising on the site must offer relevant content and not be a distraction.
  • No pop-up ads allowed.
  • Size and scope: Now indexing over 20 billion web pages (conservative estimate).
  • Relevance of Results: PageRank
  • Diversity of Search: Image, News, Book Search, Scholar, Blog Search, Finance, Froogle, Video . . . and much, much more.

•Other Tools: Google Maps, Picasa, Blogger, Gmail, Calendar, Docs & Spreadsheets . . .

Tips for effective googling :

How does Google interpret basic search?

Google places "AND" operator between all search terms entered in basic search box.

Automatically searches for some plural/singular and grammatical variants.

You enter: news reader

Google searches: news AND reader OR readers

Does not search as exact phrase unless quotes present!

Special Google functions:

Google News:

Google Images:

Google Blog Search:

Google Finance:

Google Scholar:

Google Book Search:

All about google scholar :

Covers: law, medicine, social sciences, arts, humanities, business, & finance.

Included items: peer-reviewed papers, theses, book excerpts, abstracts & full-text articles

Sources for items: academic publisher web pages, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, & other scholarly organizations.

Other exciting searches :

Effective localized search solution

Find theatres running your desired movies in your city.

search public source code

Other interesting stuff on google :

Google Docs

Google Calendar

Google Reader

Google Gear

Google App Engine

Google Sites

Google Sets

Google Trends and so on...


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      sheetal 5 years ago

      google is too good

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      pps 8 years ago

      Thanks for the good tips!

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      ForTheLove 9 years ago from Godforsaken, Iowa

      Great tips! They can make all the difference between getting what you wanted information-wise and having to sift through all sorts of junk. I hope people really use these, I know I do and it helps quite a bit!