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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    July 01, 2003

    Technology - Other Google Search Features and Functions

    Try these other search features and functions from Google.

    Mary Koshollek

    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 76, No. 7, July 2003

    Other Google Search Features and Functions

    Try these other search features and functions. Also see the Google Help pages at

    Field searching options
    By link: (type link:), by title (type allintitle:), by URL (type allinurl:).
    PDF are files included in indexing.

    Uncle Sam
    Google's government search engine (perfect for finding government reports, guidelines, and so on).

    Narrows a search to specific university Web sites (great for expert witness searches).

    Can search for stock quotes; use the format "stocks:name of the company" (that is, stocks:cisco) in the search box.

    Daily news from Google from around the world as well as a "news only" search engine are available via a tab on the Google home page.

    The image tab on Google's home page facilitates searching through thousands of photos, pictures, blueprints, clipart, and other images.

    Google's home page also has a tab to link to a large searchable archive of newsgroups, with thousands of threads of information and postings.

    Search a Specific Site
    The word "site" followed by a colon enables you to restrict your search to a specific site. To do this, use the syntax in the Google search box.

    Phone Books
    To find listings for a U.S. business, type the business name into the Google search box, along with the city and state. Or type the business name and zip code. Entering the phone number with area code also will return a complete business listing. To find listings for a U.S. residence, type any of the following combinations into the Google search box:

    • first name (or first initial), last name, city (state is optional);
    • first name (or first initial), last name, state;
    • first name (or first initial), last name, area code;
    • first name (or first initial), last name, zip code;
    • phone number, including area code;
    • last name, city, state;
    • last name, zip code.

    To use Google to find street maps, enter a U.S. street address, including zip code or city/state (for example, 780 North Water Street Milwaukee WI), in the Google search box. Often, the street address and city name will be enough.

    Enter your query into the search box as you would normally. Any or all parts of your query for which the system has a dictionary definition will be underlined and linked to a dictionary in the search summary bar above the search results.

    Foreign Language Tools
    Google offers user interfaces for a wide variety of languages, including Bengali, Malay, Indonesian, Welsh, Latin, Hungarian, Nepali, and Telugu, but also fictitious languages like Elmer Fudd, Bork Bork Bork, Klingon, Hacker, and Pig Latin. A translation page for text also is included. Look for the link to "Language Tools" on the home page.

    Beta Searches
    Google Labs is the page listing search tools in development.

    Google Answers
    This page features access to more than 500 researchers who will help you locate hard-to-find information on the Web. The fee for this service starts at $2.50 per question.

    Google Mail
    You do not have to be on the Web to use Google. A free new service called GoogleMail gives you email access to the popular search engine. Just send a message to with your query in the subject line. The search results will be sent to your in-box, usually within minutes.

    Google enables you to save certain search preferences, including the number of results to show per page, the interface language, and whether or not to use SafeSearch filtering. A link to choose Preferences appears on the results page of a search.

    When the Google Toolbar is installed, it automatically appears along with the Internet Explorer toolbar. This means you can quickly and easily use Google to search from any Web site location, without returning to the Google home page to begin another search.

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