Google News has an option to search almost 1,000 archived news articles from newspapers around the world since the mid-1850s. You’ll find it on the Google News website.
Google will give you information about any company or person (even if you don’t know their name). Type ‘Founder of COMPANY,’ and perform your search.
Specific File Types
Google can search for a specific file or file type. This can be extremely useful if you need a specific PDF or Word file that you previously viewed or need to use for another project. The syntax is quite simple: *search term* filetype:pdf.
You replace the search term with whatever you’re searching for (such as *Lapointe Family*). Then use the filetype: command and enter the extension of any file type you want of (e.g. .PDF, .doc, .jpeg, .mov, etc.). Here are two other examples that will return PDFs and text documents on Mac OS viruses: ‘Mac os viruses filetype:pdf,’ and ‘Mac os viruses filetype:doc.’
A cache search can be used to browse websites that are blocked for various reasons. The secret is that Google’s domains are never blocked and using the cache syntax (cache:) fetches the cached copies of the web pages from the Google servers rather than the original site’s servers. For example: ‘cache: websitename.net’ will let you browse cached page views from websitename.net even if a preliminary search is blocked for you.
After searching, select the arrow next to the URL. You will sometimes have two options: Cached and Similar. Similar doesn’t return as many good results any longer. But Cached should return a static view of when Google last scanned the site.
This Google service is light on features, but great for keeping you organized and on top of things. Set the time, use geo-tagging so you always know where you are (or should be), and change the colour for personalized reminders throughout the week. Also available for mobile devices.
If you want to get alerts on any topic, such as ‘Canadian Heritage’ or ‘Juno Beach,’ log in to your Google or Gmail account, go to Google Alerts, and type in your alert request. You will start receiving alerts on every new article on that topic.
You can create a news page with customizable news categories pertaining to whatever regions in the world you want to keep in touch with. Go to: news.Google.com.
Google Classroom is a great tool, advertisement free, to help teachers organize assignments, communicate announcements to students, and give quick feedback.
Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS, and VOIP features.
Create impactful beautiful presentations for no cost using Google Slides, you can create, edit, collaborate, and present wherever you are.
Collect and organize information with Google Forms. Can also be used interactively on websites.
Create a new survey on your own or collaborate with others. Analyze and share your results. Choose from a variety of beautiful, pre-made themes or create your own.
Google Scholar is a search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly articles and make them accessible across an array of publishing formats and disciplines from everywhere. If you use Google Scholar’s search tips you’ll have even greater control over your search results.
Google Correlate finds search patterns – things that have a mutual relationship or connection – which correspond with real-world trends. Correlation is not causation, but this Google service lets you look at searches run on their engine that correlate with real-world data. To access this, do a search for Google Correlate.
If you really want to get specific in your searches, take advantage of Google’s advanced search options. On any Google Search results page, click Settings from the toolbar at the top, and then choose Advanced search. The subsequent page will give you a host of extra ways to focus your searches.
Some of the operators, such as specific phrases, will be familiar by now. But the extra region and language options can be helpful. By default, Google prioritizes hits from the country or continent where you’re currently located, so you should use these settings to get better results for the rest of the world.
Using the Google Custom Search Engine, you can create a search engine that caters specifically to your research needs.
Do a search for ‘Google Search Help Center’ and find Google’s own helpful tips.
Here are some silly Google tricks you can play with when you want to take a break.
Type the following words into Google Search and press Enter.
- Do a barrel roll
- The Loneliest Number
- Google in 1998
- Flip a coin
- Roll a dice
- blink html
- Google Mirror, then choose I’m Feeling Lucky
- Google Zero Gravity, then choose I’m Feeling Lucky
- Google Sphere, then choose I’m Feeling Lucky
- Play Tic Tac Toe
- Play Solitaire
- Play PacMan
- Play Atari Breakout