Tips and Tricks to using Google!
Tips and Tricks to using Google! November 2008 Kevin Block, M.S. Information Management Librarian UMDNJ-Health Sciences Library Why Google? • Arguably the biggest web search engine – Billions of web pages • Results often include what you want • Has a large number of features, shortcuts, special databases & services • Google Books and Google Scholar have potential for university level research using the web Limitations to Google • Doesn’t fully support truncation or wildcards, it can do selected word stemming – i.e. Virus vs. Viruses • Lots of stop words – i.e. The, “A”, be, and, Roman numerals will be ignored in a “basic search” • Can not search the “hidden web” – i.e. Websites that require passwords or authentication • It’s incredibly big, you can be overwhelmed! • Quality – With the good you also get the bad! How Google Works • Spider program finds pages on the “public” web, builds huge database of web pages • PageRanktm arranges your result – Popularity - based on the number of links to a page and the importance of the pages that link – Importance - traffic, quality of links – Word proximity and occurrence in results