Google Co-Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Google is so sure of itself that it puts the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button right next to the Search button... if you click it, Google skips the standard search results page and brings you directly to the number one match to your query.
Most relevant results are at the top of the page Capitalization doesn't matter in Google
Order of words in search box DOES matter... first words most important Google assumes "and" is between two keywords
To search for websites that have either one word or another, type an OR between your two keywords Use + (with no space after it) to include a word in your search
Use - (with no space after it) to exclude a word in your search Use ~ (with no space after it) to include synonyms in your search
Google automatically returns variations of your search words like plurals and other forms (for example educator, educators) To search for an exact phrase, put the phrase in "quotation marks"

On the very last search results page, Google will display this message that it omits duplicate results. If you feel the need to see ALL, click the link "repeat the search with the omitted results included.

To search for specific file types use the filetype: operator. For example, if you are looking for Microsoft Word documents on lesson plans in the Search box type
lesson plans filetype:doc
To search within a specific website you can use the site: operator. For example, if you want to search the Education World website for lesson plans you would type
lesson plans
To search for something in the title of a webpage only, use the intitle: operator. For example, if you are looking for pages with the word SmartBoard in the title, you should type intitle:smartboard To search for something in the URL (web address), use the inurl: operator. For example if you are looking for webpages with the word "technology" in the URL, you should type inurl:technology
To search for something in the text of a webpage use the intext: or the allintext: operator. Use intext: with single words, or if you have more than one word, use allintext: Google accepts up to 32 keywords
If you want to see your keywords highlighted within the website, click on the Cached link under the Page excerpt.

The difference between Google Search Index and Google Directory is people.

Six ways to search for people in Google Phonebook:
These listings may not be up-to-date... cannot access non-published numbers.

First name (or initial), last name, city First name (or initial), last name, state
First name (or initial), last name, city, state First name (or initial), last name, ZIP code
Last name, city, state Last name, ZIP code

Results of a Google Phonebook Search also has links to Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, and MapQuest.

If you have a phone number and you want to look up who it belongs to, just type in the number in the Search field. You can also use the phonebook: operator in front of the number .... rphonebook: for residential numbers, and bphonebook: for business numbers.
Google yourself - put your name in quotation marks... see what kind of information is on the web about you.

Explore Google Advanced Search, Preferences, Images, Video and News. Sign-in and create your own Google Account to use in personalizing Google features.

To look up definitions, use a "what is..." search. For example, if you want the definition of the word "pixel", type what is pixel in the search field.

Click the link in the statistics bar and it will bring up a full definitions at

You can also use the define: operator to access the Google Glossary... type define: in front of the word that you want the definition for (no space).  If you need the definition of a phrase, put quotation marks around the phrase.

Fact-based information can be found by typing in the correct query into the Search field. For example, to find where President Bush was born, type birthplace george w. bush   or    when did Elvis die

To find out the weather of any location, just type in the keyword weather, followed by the location as a city name, city plus state, or ZIP code. For example, weather New Orleans

To find out the weather of any airport, just type in the airport's three-letter code followed by the word airport. (To find the code for airports go to )

Google can look up all kinds of numbers for you... FedEx tracking numbers; US Postal Service tracking numbers; UPS tracking numbers; UPC bar codes; Area codes; Vehicle ID Numbers; FAA airplane registrations numbers; Patent numbers. Just type in the number itself.

To find movie reviews and showtimes, type in the word movies followed by the name of the movie.

Google helps you search for musicians by just typing in their name. You will be given a visual list of the performers albums, with tracks, reviews,  and links to download music from online music stores.

Translate text and webpages from one language to another.

Using Google as a Calculator is as easy as typing in your equation or formula into the search field and then clicking the Google Search button. The answer is displayed on the search results page.
For addition, you can use + or plus or and For subtraction, you can use - or minus
For multiplication, you can use X or x or times For division, you can use / or over or divided by

Click this link to learn all about the Google Calculator.

Google can also convert from one unit of measurement to another. Start with the first measure, followed by the word "in" followed by the second unit of measurement. Google knows lots of different kinds of measurements, see some examples below...
1 cup in teaspoons 1 meter in feet
1 dollar in euros 72 degrees Fahrenheit in Celsius
50 pounds in kilograms 56 years in seconds
2007 in Roman numerals 70 mph in kph

Google is working to create a legendary global book repository... every book ever published, available for searching online, from your web browser. A major undertaking indeed! This has created a controversy between libraries and publishers. Search results from Google Book Search will give you one of these four results:
Full View - full text of a book is available for reading online. Limited Preview - only a limited number of pages are available to read online, as a preview to the rest of the book.
Snippet View - these books only offer a few small snippets of text for preview. No Preview Available - no previews or snippets available at all.

To display a map of a given location, all you have to do is enter information about the location in the search field. Google address formats could be:
city, state zip landmarks address, city, state address, city, zip
street intersection, city, state airport code institutions street intersection, zip latitude, longitude




This navigation tool found at the top left of every Google Map will allow the viewer to move around on the map as well as zoom in and out.




You can share your Google Maps by printing, Emailing, or saving the link to the map... just click one of these three links in the top right hand corner to share your map.

These three buttons at the top right hand corner of every Google Map help you see three kinds of maps. The Map button shows street maps, the Satellite button shows satellite imagery of the area, and Hybrid shows street maps superimposed on top of the satellite imagery.

Take the Google Calendar Tour Must sign-in and register with Google
Can create public calendar for organizations or companies or private calendars Can create multiple calendars - personal, public, friends, and holidays
Can import from Outlook Integrates with Gmail

Google Notebook is a web-based application that allows you to create a "notebook" to help organize all your Internet based research on a given topic.
Must be signed in to Google to access your Notebook.

You can save text, images, and links in your Notebook.

Download the notebook browser extension to put your notebook icon on Internet windows. This allows you to access your Google Notebook from anywhere online.

Latest version is 4.0 Zoom in and tilt up and down , fly bys,
3D buildings and terrain, lots of layers to choose from Latitude and Longitude

Google Scholar enables you to search a database of scholarly journals and articles free of charge. This is sometimes referred to as "Schoogle."  This is a free alternative to subscription databases like Gale Group or EBSCO. The advantage of using "Schoogle instead of a normal Google search is that it focuses entirely on scholarly literature and returns entries in a format that is familiar to students and scholars.  You can find academically appropriate and peer-reviewed literature.

Search for any ingredient or cuisine and the word recipes

Google for Educators gives a great list of teacher's guides for some of Google's more popular tools. You'll also find videos and lesson ideas for using these tools in the classroom.

Must be signed in with your Google account Upload Word or Excel files or create new docs and spreadsheets online
Edit online Collaborate with others to edit your files online
You can see the files' version histories and you can roll back to earlier versions Download the final versions as .doc, .rtf, .pdf, .html

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 02, 2007.