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Google Guide -- An Interactive Tutorial On Searching With Google
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Why Take The Google Guide Tutorial?

Google is so easy to use, you may wonder why you should take this online tutorial. But if you're like many people, you use only a fraction of Google's features and services. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs. Here are some comments about Google Guide from users:

It might be unofficial, but it's the best online guide on how to use Google I have ever seen. Pay it a visit. --Robert Skelton, Google Answers Researcher and developer of SearchEngineZ and Google Fan

Exquisite and detailed. A serious guide that is easy to use. Highly recommend. --Kol Yom, Israel

I was extremely surprised to learn new things about using Google, especially in the first few pages! --Helen Moore, Associate Director, American Institute of Mathematics

As an experienced user of Google, Google News, Froogle, etc., I was pleased (and surprised) at how much I was able to learn from your excellent Google Guide. --Robert Spinrad, retired, formerly Senior Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Vice President, Technology Strategy, Xerox

Google Guide is roughly divided into three parts. The first part offers tips on searching, the second part explains Google's search results, and the third part describes many of Google's specialized search services.

In addition to information about Google's features, this tutorial contains many examples and links to useful sites (usually underlined). Most pages end with exercises designed to give you practice with the material and to inspire you to find amusing or useful information, such as:

Can't you learn about searching from Google's online help pages? Yes, but this tutorial includes more detailed explanations, more real-world examples, and more screen shots than Google's help pages. Unlike books about Google, this guide includes descriptions of the latest features and problem sets to give you practice with the material presented.

Try the examples, work the exercises, and click on the links to see Google in action and to learn more about a topic. Normally, clicking with the left mouse button on a link will display the contents of the associated page in the same window. You can make the contents of the linked page appear in a new window by:

Since the web and Google's algorithms and features constantly evolve, your results may be different from those shown in this tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you know how to use a web browser. Although this tutorial is for people new to Google, it contains information of interest to those who have experience with Google or another search engine. Unless you're familiar with all of Google's features, you'll learn something by taking this tutorial.

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 the examples and problems you work through. Most people spend about half an hour at a time, and two hours total.

What are the Radio Buttons Below the Search Box for?

Enter a query in the search box at the bottom of any page on Google Guide, select the WWW radio button, and press the ENTER key or click on the "Google Search" button to search the World Wide Web. Enter your query and select the GOOGLEGUIDE.COM button when you want to restrict your search to just pages on Google Guide's web site.

Why Google ~Guide?

Why is the title of this tutorial Google ~Guide? Putting a tilde in front of a search term (with no space in between) effectively turns that term into any of its synonyms. The tilde is known as synonym operator. So, if you search for "Google ~Guide", Google will find Google Guide as well as other Google tutorials.

How to Do Everything with Google book cover How is Google Guide Different from How to Do Everything with Google?

Our book How to Do Everything with Google covers material similar to Google Guide, but with many more examples, more detailed descriptions, and more about the history and development of features and services in Google.

If You Find Google Guide Helpful

If Google Guide is helpful to you, please tell other Google users about it, and if you have a website, please add a link to a Google Guide's home page, www.googleguide.com. Feel free to use the following code, which displays a miniature version of the Google Guide logo that links to Google Guide's home page.

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Acknowledgments

First, I offer thanks to Jerry Peek for suggesting that I write a book about how to search with Google. I revised this tutorial incorporating the valuable comments and suggestions from many people to whom I am grateful. They include: Marian Bach, Joel Biatch, Henry Cejtin, Earl Crabb, Jutta Dejener, Marie desJardins, Pauline Facciano, Philip Fire, Thomas Galloway, Ahuva Gelblum, Johann George, Leora Gregory, Andrew Gumperz, Nancy Jamison, Doris Li, Joy Li, Liz Mabey, Jane Manning, Robert Miller, Gwyn Firth Murray, Martha Newman, Steve Omohundro, Jerry Peek, Hamish Reid, Marlene Rozofsky Rogers, Mark Seiden, Robert Skelton, Malcolm Slaney, Paul Spinrad, Linda Walters, Rita Wespi, and Hanna Yap. I also thank Fritz Schneider and Eric Fredricksen, with whom I wrote How to Do Everything with Google, for providing me ideas of what to include in this tutorial. I especially thank Hamish Reid for making Google Guide easier to navigate and my father, Nelson Blachman, for asking questions that encouraged me to explore and learn more about how Google works and for reviewing numerous drafts. I also thank David desJardins, my husband and a software developer at Google, for suggesting topics to include, answering my questions, and reviewing this tutorial.

About the Author

Nancy Blachman gives seminars and workshops on searching with Google and co-authored How to Do Everything with Google. She has been using Google since the spring of 1999, when Google was less than one year old. She has written a half dozen tutorial and reference books on using mathematical software. Nancy is president and founder of Variable Symbols, a company that specializes in software training and consulting. She holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, U.K., an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where she taught for eight years.


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