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Google strives to make it easy to quickly find whatever you’re seeking, whether it’s a web page, a recent news story, a photograph, advice, or a present for a friend. Google Guide’s Cheat Sheet (www.googleguide.com/cheatsheet.html), Google Guide’s Advanced Operator Quick Reference (www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators_reference.html) Google Guide’s Calculator Cheatsheet (www.googleguide.com/help/calculator.html) and Sacramento State’s Google QuikRef (available from www.csus.edu/uccs/documents/quikrefsite/PDFs/googleqr.pdf or on the Google Guide site), provide nice summaries of some of Google’s features and services.

The following table lists the major search services Google offers along with the URLs.

Search Service Description Website
Web Search the web. This service includes shortcuts for finding commonly sought utilities and information, such as dictionary definitions, definitions on the web, news headlines, phone numbers, addresses, street maps, stock quotes, travel conditions, package tracking information, calculations of mathematical expressions, and translations of any text or web page. www.google.com
Images Find images, graphics, photos, drawings, maps, etc. images.google.com
Groups Search, browse, and participate in online discussions. This service is wonderful for finding advice, opinions, and recommendations that haven’t necessarily been edited. groups.google.com
News Search and browse online news sources. news.google.com
Product Search Find and browse products for sale from across the web. www.google.com/products
Catalogs Find and browse mail-order catalogs online. catalogs.google.com
Directory Browse web pages by category. directory.google.com
Google Labs Try Google prototypes and demos. labs.google.com

When you forget where to find one of Google’s search tools or services, just look it up on Google. For example, if you don’t remember the name or web address of Google product shopping search service, search for [ Google product shopping ].

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Now that you’ve seen the versatility of the Google search engine, you’ll understand why many users rarely use bookmarks and either use the Google Deskbar, the Google Toolbar, or leave their browsers pointing to Google; they can find practically any site using Google’s many search services and features.

I sincerely hope that Google Guide has helped you become (more) proficient in using Google. I have tried to anticipate your questions and problems. Please let me know if I have missed something or if you have corrections or suggestions for improving Google Guide, by using our contact form. I welcome all comments. I look forward to hearing from you.


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