As a trainer I like sites like this new one from Google that show you how stuff works. How Search Works goes in to a lot of detail about how search engines work. I thought it might be a useful resource for those of you who teach web searching workshops in your libraries – or just a cool site to check out if you’re the curious type! On the site [ Read More ]
This looks pretty awesome. Floor plans for over 10,000 locations worldwide are available on your web browser, such as stores, train stations, airports and museums. You can use it to plan the fastest route through the mall, or make sure you know how to get from the taxi to the airport gate without running all over the airport. “Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps and you’ll automatically [ Read More ]
An article on Mashable about ways to make Google Calendar more useful pointed me to some neat recipes on IFTTT that will add weather warnings to your calendar. Want to know before you leave the house if you need an umbrella or a coat? Check them all out!
I was looking for my local voting info on Google and found that they had a handy section just for that. Checkout the Google Voter Information page and get all the info you need for tomorrow.
Lifehacker has pointed me to a neat new feature in Gmail: Previously, you could only find an attachment if you searched for the message’s text, the filename, or its file type. Now, however, you can search for text within DOC, PDF, PPT, and other files and Gmail will bring them up in your search results. Since I use Gmail for work and home email this is going to be very [ Read More ]
I’ve been using Gmail so long that I take it for granted that it can be foreign to some people. A friend of mine just got a Nexus 7 and had to sign up for Google (and Gmail) to use it and after 15 to 20 years of using the same email client that can be a bit terrifying. Mashable has a guide to help my friend and your patrons [ Read More ]
I was recently reminded of Google’s Takeout service by ReadWriteWeb’s guide to getting your YouTube videos back from Google and thought I should point this tool out to you all. Google Takeout is a product of the Data Liberation Front: The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products. [ Read More ]
Lifehacker has two articles with shortcuts for Google searches, 20 in the first article and 10 more in the second. One of the tips (that I missed the first time around) was on how to find flight status, which I wrote about here a little while ago. Another cool one is the ability to track your packages from the Google search box! Paste the tracking number of a shipment from [ Read More ]
In the last couple of weeks I learned about Academia.edu and the new features of Google Scholar – both of which are very very similar. Let’s start with Google Scholar – most you know about this service already, it’s a great way to find articles and books for your research. I sometimes spend a couple hours just searching for new open source articles to save to my Zotero Library and [ Read More ]
I have to admit I haven’t gone through this course yet, but I thought I should let you all know about it so that you can learn how to become a Google Power Searcher. These videos are from a course offered by Google on how to use their search engine. Google Search makes it amazingly easy to find information. Come learn about the powerful advanced tools we provide to help [ Read More ]