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Google Guide

Google Guide



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Published by Nancy A. Henry

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Published by: Nancy A. Henry on Aug 17, 2008
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making searching even easier 
Nancy Blachman
The absolutely best tutorial on how to use all of Google's potential. Easy to use, simple to navigate, this is a little jewel for both the novice and advanced search user. The definitive up-to-date guide on how to best leverage the Google search engine and all of its features in a simple and easy to access format. Recommended.
-- Robin Good 
Nancy Blachman's Google Guide is by far the best guide to using Google, for beginners & more intermediate users, that I've seen so far. I see great potential here for plopping patrons down with this self-guided tutorial, instead of the 20 minute "This is Google, this is how you search" lecture.
Want to Get Started Immediately?
If you're a novice, get atour of my favorite featuresor go straight toPart I: Query Input. If you're an experienced user, start with one of the following links. These pages may appear to describe basic concepts, but if you readcarefully, you'll discover helpful insights into how Google works and how to use it more effectively.Favorite FeaturesPart I: Query Input
Interpreting Your QueryCrafting Your Query (Using Special Characters)
Sharpening Your Query (Advanced Search)Using Search Operators (Advanced Operators)
Prototypes & Demos (Google Labs)
What Google Guide Explains
 In this tutorial, you can learn
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Google Guide's Home Page
 Google Guide's home pageincludes a search tip from Google Guide. Clicking on the icon or the title above the search tip will display moreinformation about the tip.
How to Use the Google Guide Tutorial?
 If you have time, read all of Google Guide and work through the examples and exercises. Otherwise, look at theTable of Contentsor use thesearch box at the bottom of each page to find the pages or sections that are likely to be most helpful to you.
Why Take the Google Guide Tutorial?
 Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? If you're like many people, you use only a small number of Google's services andfeatures. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.Just as the best way to learn how to sail is to sail, the best way to learn how to search with Google is to search with Google. Consequently thisGoogle tutorial contains many examples and exercises designed to give you practice with the material presented and to inspire you to findamusing or useful information.Try the examples, work the exercises, and click on the links (usuallyunderlined) to see Google in action and to learn more about a topic.Since the web and Google's algorithms and features constantly evolve, your results may be different from those shown in this tutorial.In this tutorial, clicking the left mouse button on an example or a link to a page not in Google Guide, will display the results in a new window.Clicking on a link that points to another section in this tutorial, will display the contents of the associated page in the same window. You canmake the contents of the linked page appear in a new window by:
Pointing to any link (press the
key to jump to the next link on the page).
Holding down the
key while you click on the link (if you use Internet Explorer).or 
Pressing the right button of your mouse, and then selecting "Open a New Window" (or the middle button if you use Mozilla or Netscape).
After viewing the results, close the window and you will return to the tutorial. On Windows, you can kill the top window by pressing the
keys simultaneously. You can switch the active window by pressing the
keys simultaneously.This tutorial assumes you know how to use a web browser. Although this tutorial is for people new to Google, it contains information of interestto those who have experience with Google or another search engine. Unless you're familiar with all of Google's features, you'll learnsomething by taking this tutorial.
Who will Benefit from Google Guide?
Practically anyone who uses Google, including students, teachers, researches, journalists, consumers, business people, scientists, webdevelopers, Google employees, purchasing agents, librarians, people looking for jobs, health care professionals, hobbyists, vacationers, andauthors. Want a job at Google? Review Google Guide before you apply.
How Much Time Will the Google Guide Tutorial Take?
This online Google tutorial will occupy you from 0.5 to 8 hours, depending on how many sections you elect to skip, and how many of theexamples and problems you work through. Most people spend about half an hour at a time, and two hours total.
Navigation Bar 
 Near the top of each page is a navigation bar. The current section and its subsections are displayed in blue. Click on any name in the navigation bar to be taken to the corresponding section.
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