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Google Search, Search Services, and Applications

Google Search

Through its brief history, Google has focused on developing the “perfect search engine” by combining overall importance and query-specific relevance to present search results. Google offers a host of Web search services you can access through the main search page. For example, to use the calculator you simply type your math


question into the Google search box, or for dictionary listings simply type “definition” in the search box before the search term — there is no need to load a separate search page. Google also provides quick links to different types of searches directly from the main Google search engine page, or you can access them by clicking “more” on the main search page.

  • Book Search: Search the full text of books
  • Catalogs: Browse online catalogs
  • Calculator: Google has a built in calculator function. To compute enter the calculation into the Google search box and hit the Enter key
  • Currency Conversion: Google has a built-in currency converter. To convert, enter the conversion you’d like done into the Google search box and hit “Enter”. For example you could use “100 USD in CAD” or “Canadian money in American dollar”.
  • Definitions: To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define,” then a space, and then the word(s) you want defined.
  • File Types: Google Search automatically searches 12 non-HTML file types and provides an option to view as HTML. The file types appear in Google search results
  • Froogle: Google’s product search (Shopping) service
  • Groups: Search results from Google Groups may appear at the bottom of your relevant search results page.
  • I’m Feeling Lucky: Skip the Google search results page and go to the first Web page returned for your query.
  • Images: Google Image Search shows images matching your search query.
  • Local Search: Search the Web for businesses in a specific area by including a city or zip code in your search and Google.
  • Movies: To find reviews and show times for movies playing near you, type “movies”, “showtimes” or the name of a current film into the Google search box.
  • Music Search: Enter the name of an artist popular in the U.S. and reviews, song titles, and more is shown at the top of the search results.
  • News Headlines: These links connect you to reports culled from numerous news services that Google continuously monitors.
  • PhoneBook: U.S. street address and phone number lookup publicly listed phone numbers and addresses
  • Refine Search: For searches within certain topics, you’ll notice links at the top of the search results page that help you narrow the search.
  • Results Prefetching: On some searches, Google automatically instructs your browser to start downloading the top search result before you click on it so the destination page loads faster.
  • Search By Number: Parcel tracking IDs, patents and other specialized numbers can be entered into Google’s search box for quick access to information about them.
  • Similar Pages Display: The “Similar Pages” sends Google to scout the Web for pages that are related to the result.
  • Site Search Restrict: Type the word site” followed by a colon enables you to restrict your search to a specific site. For example “memory” would search only
  • Spell Checker: Google’s spell checking software automatically looks at your query and checks to see if you are using the most common version of a word’s spelling, and may offer spelling suggestions.
  • Stock Quotes: Enter a stock of mutual fund symbol in the search box to obtain fund quotes
  • Street Maps: Use a U.S. street address with Zip or City and state to search. When recognized links are returned from Google Maps
  • Travel Information: Use an airport’s three letter code followed by the word “airport” to obtain delay and weather condition information.
  • Weather Check: Type “weather,” followed by the location to obtain weather information
  • Who Links To You?: The query link:siteURL shows you pages that point to that URL. For example will show all Web sites linking to Webopedia.

List available on the Google Web Search features page.

Google Code

Google code offers quick access to Google APIs and open source code for developers.Current offerings include Google Maps API, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Web Toolkit, Google AJAX Search API, Google Gadgets, Google Desktop SDK, Google KML, Google Toolbar API, AdWords API, Google Data APIs, Google Checkout API, and Google Talk XMPP. Google also provides a Google Code FAQ.

Google Co-op

Google Co-op is a platform that let you customize Web searches for Google users and users on your own Web site. You can create a custom engine, where you specify the Web site URLs to be included in the search, and also use this to place a person Web site search box on your own Web site.

Google Labs

Nicknamed “Google’s Technology Playground,” Google Labs provides access to some of Google’s beta and in-development projects. You can try the prototypes and then send your comments on the product or service directly to Google developers. Some of the current prototypes available include Google Extensions for Firefox, Google Related Links, Google page Creator, Google Scholar, Web Alerts and more.

Google Personalized

If you have a Google account, visit while signed in and you can personalize your Google Web page with news headlines, games, stock quotes, different Web site search boxes, a Gmail preview window and more. You can also create tabs allowing you to organize your feeds – one for work and one for play for example.

Accessible Search

Accessible Search is an early Google Labs product designed to identify and prioritize search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users.

Blog Search

Similar to Google search this search allows you to look for your search term within blogs only. Results are from all published Blogs, not just those published through Blogger.


Smart shopping through Froogle helps you find and compare product prices both online and in nearby stores. With Froogle you can sort search results by price, search within a specific price range, or compare product prices. To use the local shopping feature, simply add a geographical region to your search (e.g., Dell Inspirion, New York, NY) and you’ll see stores near your search location. You can also view a map or get driving directions.

Google AdWords

Google AdWords provides a way to purchase targeted cost-per-click (CPC) or cost-per-impression (CPM) advertising. AdWords ads are displayed along with organic search results on Google, as well as on search and content sites within the Google Network (including Google Maps and Blogger). To use AdWords you pay a one-time activation fee, and after that you pay only for clicks on your keyword-targeted AdWords ads, or for impressions on your site-targeted ads. You can control your costs by selecting how much you’re willing to pay per click or per impression and by setting a daily budget for spending in your account.


Google Maps is mapping technology and local business information —including business locations, contact information and driving directions. Google Maps offers users business search results, draggable maps, satellite images, detailed driving directions and keyboard shortcuts to move around in a map view.


Google Scholar provides a way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Special Searches

Google’s special searches allows you to narrow down search results to a specific topic. Current Google Special Searches include a public service search university search, U.S. Government, Linux, BSD, Apple Macintosh, and Microsoft.



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