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Special Searches

Looking for an easier way to find information on a specific topic or at a specific website?

Google provides the following specialized search engines:

Search for Mac and Apple things
Apple Macintosh
Search for Mac & Apple things
Search for the BSD operating system
Search for the BSD operating system
Search for Linux-related pages
Search all Linux-friendly pages
Search Microsoft-related pages
Search Microsoft-related pages
University Search
University Search
Narrow your search to a specific institution's website

The specialized searches let you find information about a topic without getting completely unrelated results. For instance, if you want only official information from US governments about taxes, you can search all federal and state government websites from this one search box.

Why these topics? Early on in Google history, some engineers created these specialized search engines to serve their own interests. They've remained part of the site though Google has turned its attention to other types of search services and features.

You can find links to these specialized search engines, as well as Google Book Search and Google Scholar, on the Advanced Web Search form.


This problem set gives you practice in using Google's specialized search engines. For hints and answers to selected problems, see the Solutions page in the Appendix.

  1. What was special about the Apple Lisa computer, and why did it fail?

  2. What are the advantages of Linux over Windows and vice versa?

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