To learn how to customize your search engine queries, hop on over to the Custom Page.

The below links, which are also submenus links, are ordered in increasing level of expertise and ranked for quality.

Search Tips Google is the go-to search engine for most people on the internet. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s changed the way many of us talk about searching for information online

Search Features Page *** In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of our most popular features are listed below.

Search Help ** Videos to help with the Search basics. Reading level Videos to help with the advanced Search features SafeSearch for Google Images Locking SafeSearch Google Search Language Settings Search educational resources Google Search Forum Share suggestions, ask questions, and connect with other users and top contributors in the Google Search community forum.

Google Apps *** Five areas set Google Apps apart, which is why research firm Radicati named Google Apps for Work the leader in cloud business email. A summary of the report can be found in the related resources.

Google Search Education *** “Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners. With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.” (Not just students. These materials are suitable for the layman and I use them when teaching search classes.)

Lesson Plans . Lesson Plan Map  ** Presentations and planning. With more and more of the world’s content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We’ve created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond. On this page, you’ll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.”

Live Trainings *** With these webinars, video only, you can improve your own search skills and learn how to bring search literacy to your school. Browse the archive of past trainings, and make sure tofollow us on Google+to stay up to speed on the latest tips and trainings from Google.

Power Searching Classes ***** Video and transcripts, basic and advanced, good for workshop trainings.

Power Searching Quick Reference ***

Skill Map *** Advanced Power Searching Skills with video and transcripts. Google Search Tactics Research Strategies Operators Additional Google Properties Advanced Search Tools Refining Searches. Good for working on specific skills.

Results page full overview *** Here’s a quick guide to all the elements and tools that you’ll find on a Google search results page.

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Google Alerts Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results — such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs — that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. Users can have their alerts delivered via RSS feed. Simply sign in and choose the “Feed” option in the “Deliver to” field. I have copied the rss link from the rss icon at the bottom of results pages to use in Website widgets. Wikhow Visual – How to Use Google Alerts

Voice Search  *** Ask your questions out loud and get answers spoken back whether you are out and about or sitting at your desk. Just tap the mic on the Google search bar and speak up. This works on the Google Search App for iOS, Android and Chrome browsers for laptops and desktops. How to turn voice search on.

Web History – You can get better search results and recommendations with Web History turned on. Web History includes your searches and other web activity. Your Web History is private. This means you need to be signed in to your Google Account to view your history.

Google Power User Tips: Query Operators  *** The search operators, also known as query operators — for the search box to restrict your results or to otherwise pull the needle from the proverbial haystack. If you’re an SEO practitioner, you surely know and use a number of these. Notes:

Append “&num=value” to change the number of results/page.
Leave off http:// type prefixes in inurl: and link:. They can shorten results.
Search strings before site: and multiple intitle: inurl: operators mix well to narrow results.
Combining the same operators is not an “and” function but a “both” function that can cancel each other out. Example “site:edu site:com” will net no results (use OR or |).
Antisocial Elements – these are elements that do not mix well with other operators: The “all” operators (ex: allinurl:) can cancel mixed results and phonebook, movie music, define, link
Directory search examples:

string intitle:”directory of” or add -url:string -url:string2
intitle:”directory * * string

Google Search Forum ** Share suggestions, ask questions, and connect with Google users from around the world


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