Smarter Search

Google Search Essentials
Learn how to maximize your search effectiveness so that you can find exactly what you're looking for with a single search. Visit www.google.com/help/basics.html.

This, Not That

When you're searching for something, it is sometimes just as useful to indicate what you don't want along with what you do. Include a minus sign "-" in front of words you don't want to appear in your search results. For example:

Restrict Your Searches

Have you ever wanted to search a particular web site, without being distracted by content found elsewhere on the web? Google's site: operator

restricts your search to documents found on the web site you specify. Here are some examples:

Fill in the Blank


Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to 'fill in the blank' by adding an asterisk (*) at the part of the sentence or question that you want finished. Google will return results that fill in the gap. Try these searches:

Notice the Plus Operator


Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, and other digits and letters that slow down your search without improving the results. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can make sure we pay attention to it by putting a "+" sign in front of it.


Google Search Features
You can get a lot more than just Web search results using the Google search box. There are over 20 special features of Google search, and we're adding more all the time. Go to www.google.com/help/features.html.

Search for Translations


If you are in need of a quick translation, Google is here to help. Just search for the word you want in the language you're interested in, and you'll have your translation in a snap. Try out these translation tasks:

Definitions, Multiplied

To see a list of multiple definitions compiled from various online sources, you can type define:

followed by a word or phrase and hit Enter or click the Google Search button. The results will define the entire phrase.


What's log(googol)?

In addition to basic arithmetic functions, Google's calculator also provides a number of additional operators that come in handy from time to time. These include trigonometric functions, logarithms, roots and factorials. It even understands hex and binary! Try out these examples:

Time Around the World

Looking to make a long-distance phone call and don't want to wake up your family? It's easy to check what time it is in cities around the world using Google -- just search for "time" followed by a city name or country. Here are some examples:


Where's My Plane?

Picking someone up at the airport, or worried about a delayed departure? You can check the flight status for arriving and departing U.S. flights by searching Google for the airline's name and flight number.

Convert Your Currency

To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion you'd like done into the Google search box and hit the Enter key or click the Google Search button.



Google US Government Search
Search across federal, state and local government websites from one location. Go to usgov.google.com


Google Scholar
Looking for the latest and greatest academic research on an issue you cover? Use Google Scholar to search for journal articles, think-tank papers, and more. Go to scholar.google.com

Google Scholar

Interested in the latest research on your favorite subjects, whether they are in psychology, music, or finance? With Google Scholar you can search books and articles from leading academic journals and conferences on many topics, including:


Public Data on Google
If you've ever done research involving large datasets, you know that it can take hours to comb through databases in order to find and analyze trends. Google is making it easier to find and use important public statistical data from governments and other sources with Public Data search. In this first launch, you can find information about population and unemployment produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division.  Watch the following video for more information.

Public data on Google




Google Translate
Automatically translate between 41 languages with the click of your mouse. Want to see how a story's being covered in another country? Enter the url of a foreign news site or blog at translate.google.com, and Google will translate the page instantly for free.


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