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Information and Tips

Quick Search Tips

Virtually all of Google’s services support the same basic search syntax. While not capable of full boolean queries, your Google searches can be quite powerful.

About Google

In 1996-1997, Larry Page and Sergey Brin came up with an algorithm to rank web pages, called PageRank. Realizing the potential to improve search engines, they tried and failed to sell the technology to any. So they founded Google, which in an incredibly short period of time has become one of the world’s most powerful companies.

While primarily known as a search engine, Google now makes a wide variety of web-based and other software and is known for investing in wide-ranging projects outside their core such as through their philanthropic arm, Google.org. Their products are available in almost every country and in a very large number of languages.

Google’s enourmously successful advertising business accounts for almost all of their revenue and allows Google to subsidize many other ideas. Their advertising has expanded greatly but its basis is a system where companies bid to advertise against keywords, which results in targeted, cost-effective, and result-measured ads. This was largely borrowed from the technique created by GoTo.com (now Yahoo! Search Marketing, over which Google has since settled a lawsuit.

Google is a market and quality leader in web search, online maps, online video (through YouTube), and areas. Each of their products competes with others, and in many categories they are far from the leader, such as in social networking (Facebook and others are far ahead of Google’s Orkut), and online payment (Paypal is ahead of Google Checkout). Despite these competitors, Google wields enormous influence, as almost all activities online touch at least one Google product. Even when not using Google itself, you are likely to be on a web page which is using AdSense to earn money, using Analytics to track their visitors, or using one of their many web service APIs such as Google Maps to display information.

Due to their large size and activity in so many spheres, there is plenty of Google controversy, including around privacy, intellectual property, and interaction with governments (eg. China). See Criticism of Google on Wikipedia for details. As Google's web search engine has by far the largest market share, changes to their algorithms affect how web pages rank, and this can cause large changes in the amount of visitors various websites recieve, and thus the profits they earn from their visitors.

Alternatives to Google

Why not use nothing but Google all the time? Even if you have no philisophical objections (see above on Google criticism), the truth is that if you only use Google, you are missing out. Just looking at web search engines, while Google may be better overall, it isn’t the best all the time. Each search engine includes web pages that the other does not, ranks web pages differently, and and has a variety of different features.

Try out the Bing search engine, for instance, for web, image, and other searches. Bing and other alternatives are available on Fagan Finder: see web search, images, video, news, maps, and other pages. Here is a quick list of some less-known but excellent alternatives to some other popular Google services:

Changes to this Page

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  1. November 17, 2010: Added Boutiques.com, Google’s new fashion-oriented shopping search.
  2. November 16, 2010: Added Bazara, for now placed in the Discussions section.
  3. November 15, 2010: This new version of the Google Ultimate Interface is launched, replacing a much older, out-of-date version. Searching Google by date has now moved to the Search by Date page.

Search Tips by Tool

Web Search
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Safe Search
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Accessible
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Secure Search
See also Advanced Search.
Directory
See also Search Help.
Less shopping
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Page previews
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Related queries
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Wonder wheel
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Timeline
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Translated pages
Search tip: Use English; Google will translate into other languages, and show you those pages, translated back into English. See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Find blogs
See also Advanced Search.
Bookmarks (all)
See also Search Help.
Web (discussion)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Groups
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Groups (new first)
See also Advanced Search.
Bazara
Search tip: This searches within Google’s question-and-answer service. See also Search Help.
iGoogle Themes
See also Advanced Search.
Labs
See also Search Help.
Website trends
Search tip: List websites with commas (,).
Calendar
See also Advanced Search.
Bookmarks
See also Search Help.
Sites (personal)
See also Search Help.
Docs templates
See also Search Help.
Gmail
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
All folders
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Inbox
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Unread
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Read
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
With attachments
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Starred
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Buzz
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Chat
Search tip: Special fields include from:, to:, subject:, label:, has:attachment, list:, filename:, in:, is:, cc:, bcc:, after:, before:, and deliveredto:. See also Search Help.
Voice
See also Search Help.
Profiles
See also Search Help.
News
See also Advanced Search.
News (blogs)
See also Advanced Search.
News (new first)
See also Advanced Search.
Fast Flip
See also Search Help.
News Archive
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Archive Timeline
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
News Timeline
See also Search Help.
Blogs
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Blogs (new first)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Realtime
See also Search Help.
All images
See also Advanced Search.
Large size
See also Advanced Search.
Medium size
See also Advanced Search.
Icon size
See also Advanced Search.
Faces
See also Advanced Search.
Photos
See also Advanced Search.
Clipart
See also Advanced Search.
Line drawings
See also Advanced Search.
News
See also Advanced Search.
Realtime
See also Search Help.
Pages with images
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Image swirl
See also Search Help.
All video
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Closed captions
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Short (<4 min)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Medium (4-20 min)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Long (20+ min)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
High quality
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Newest first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
All
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Grid view
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Books only
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Magazines
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Preview & full view
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Full view
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Newest first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Written 1900s
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Written 1800s
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Written 1700s
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Before 1700
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Scholar
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Scholar (articles)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Legal (all)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
US federal cases
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Patents
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Patents cover view
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Patents new first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Patents old first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Issued patents
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Patent applications
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Squared
Search tip: Enter a general category or topic.
Sets
Search tip: List items with commas (,). See also Search Help.
Freebase
Search tip: Enter a general topic. See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Gapminder
See also Search Help.
Fusion Tables
See also Search Help.
Knol
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Maps & Directions
See also Search Help.
Locations
See also Search Help.
Businesses
See also Search Help.
User-created maps
See also Search Help.
Real estate
See also Search Help.
Moon
See also Search Help.
Mars
See also Search Help.
Web (nearby)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Web (places)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
3D Warehouse
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Transit
Search tip: Search for [place] to [place]. See also Search Help.
Walking
Search tip: Search for [place] to [place].
Biking
Search tip: Search for [place] to [place].
City Tours
Search tip: Enter a starting address.
Products
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Grid view
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Cheapest first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Expensive first
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Like.com
Search tip: This is a fashion-oriented shopping website purchased by Google.
Boutiques.com
Search tip: This is a fashion-oriented shopping website by Google. See also Search Help.
Web (shopping)
See also Advanced Search and Search Help.
Trends
Insights for Search
Search tip: Compare search terms by listing them with commas (,). See also Search Help.
Code
Search tip: Instead of standard Google search syntax, use regular expressions along with lang:, license:, package:, and file:. See also Search Help.
Translate to English
See also Search Help.
Sites (all)
See also Search Help.