Google Pocket Guide

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Overview

Beneath its deceptively simple search form, Google is a remarkably powerful and flexible search engine that indexes billions of web pages, handling more than 150 million searches a day. You know that what you're looking for must be in there somewhere, but how do you make Google work for you?

Crafted from our best-selling Google Hacks title, the Google Pocket Guide provides exactly the information you need to make your searches faster and more effective, right from the start. The...

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Overview

Beneath its deceptively simple search form, Google is a remarkably powerful and flexible search engine that indexes billions of web pages, handling more than 150 million searches a day. You know that what you're looking for must be in there somewhere, but how do you make Google work for you?

Crafted from our best-selling Google Hacks title, the Google Pocket Guide provides exactly the information you need to make your searches faster and more effective, right from the start. The Google Pocket Guide unleashes the power behind that blinking cursor by delivering:

  • A thorough but concise tour of Google's features
  • Practical examples to inspire going beyond the basic keyword search
  • Secrets for constructing more powerful queries using Google's special syntax
  • Advice on how to understand and further refine the results Google provides

Whether you're a student researching a topic for class, a medical or legal professional needing field-specific reference information, or a home user looking for that article on home repair you forgot to bookmark, the Google Pocket Guide will take you from mystified to mastery.

Crafted from the bestselling "Google Hacks," the "Google Pocket Guide" provides exactly the information readers need to make their searches faster and more effective, right from the start. The book unleashes the power behind that blinking cursor by delivering a thorough but concise tour of Google's features and special syntax. O'Reilly & Associates

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596005504
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Calishain is the creator of the site, ResearchBuzz. She is an expert on Internet search engines and how they can be used effectively in business situations.

Rael Dornfest is a Researcher at the O'Reilly & Associates focusing on technologies just beyond the pale. He assesses, experiments, programs, and writes for the O'Reilly network and O'Reilly publications. Dornfest is Program Chair of the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Chair of the RSS-DEV Working Group, and developer of Meerkat: An Open Wire Service. In his copious free time, he develops bits and bobs of Open Source software and maintains his raelity bytes Weblog.

DJ Adams is an old SAP hacker who still thinks JCL and S/370 assembler are pretty cool. In recent years he's been successfully combining open source software with R/3 to produce hybrid systems that show off the power of free software. He's the author of O'Reilly's Programming Jabber book, contributes articles to O'ReillyNet's P2P site, and has to own up to being responsible for the Jabber::Connection, Jabber::RPC and Jabber::Component::Proxy modules on CPAN.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I What Can You Do with Google?
What Google Isn't 5
What Google Is 6
A Simple Example 8
Improving Your Google Results 11
Pt. II Asking for What You Want
Google Basics 17
Full-Word Wildcards 21
The 10-Word Limit 22
Special Syntax 24
Mixing Syntax 32
Advanced Search 38
Specialized Vocabularies: Slang and Terminology 41
Pt. III Understanding What You Get
Setting Preferences 47
Anatomy of a Search Result 50
Understanding Google URLs 53
Checking Spelling 56
Pt. IV Other Google Services and Features
Google Directory 59
Google Groups 62
Google Images 68
Google News 71
Google Catalogs 75
Froogle 79
Language Tools 82
Consulting the Dictionary 86
Consulting the Phonebook 88
Tracking Stocks 92
Searching Article Archives 95
Finding Directories of Information 97
Finding Technical Definitions 100
Finding Weblog Commentary 103
The Google Toolbar 106
Googling with Bookmarklets 109
Pt. V Appendix
Syntax Summary 111
Julian Dates 116
Index 119
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    Remember to Play Your Wild Cards!

    Google Pocket Guide, 2003 By Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest, and D.J. Adams Published by O'Reilly and Associates, Inc. ISBN: 0-596-00550-4 Paperback, 129pp The search engine Google, born on September 7, 1998, derived its name from a word invented by a nine-year-old child, Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician, Edward Kasner. As with precocious children like Milton or the giant bean stalks of English fairy tales, it is difficult to keep up with Google's rapid development. Until I read the Google Pocket Guide, by Tara Calishain, Rael Dorfest and DJ Adams I was unaware of all the things Google has learned to do. Now, in addition to finding Web pages that contain keywords, Google helps me find telephone numbers, solve mathematical equations and cook -- Google can convert cups to pints or just about anything to anything else. Using google maps, I can look at the crater, Giordano Bruno, on the dark side of the Moon, fly to Mars or see my house and yard in a satellite picture that seems to have been taken from only few hundred feet away. The pocket guide is full of information about how to use features I never knew existed. Did I mention Google Images? After reading Google Pocket Guide, I want to read more books about Google. I would like to read Google Hacks, Google: The Missing Manual and Google Maps Hacks. In addition to describing all the things Google has learned to do, the Google Pocket Guide explains how to make searches more efficient (Part II), 'explains how to interpret Google's results pages and URLs, and set preferences to influence what those pages contain' (Part III), and goes into advanced functionality like Language Tools, Groups, Directories and News (Part IV). The authors say, 'Knowing how to be specific with your search criteria is key. That's what this book is all about.' To remember this I think (ASAP=ASAP) the key to getting results ASAP is being As Specific As Possible. For instance, instead of searching every Web site on the Internet, limit your search to educational sites by using special syntax (also referred to as advanced search operators). For example, when I search for 'plenoptic camera site:edu' Google will return results from educational sites only. The authors also suggest using basic Boolean operators like NOT, represented by the minus sign, AND and OR. Did you know that Google limits queries to ten words and ignores the rest? Tara Clishain, Rael Dornfest and DJ Adams have delivered a lot of information in only 129 pages. This book is a great starting point for anyone wanting to know Google better. Google is fun:) Michael Morgan

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