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Nancy Blachman's Google Guide is by far the best guide to using Google, for beginners & more intermediate users, that I've seen so far. I see great potential here for plopping patrons down with this self-guided tutorial, instead of the 20 minute "This is Google, this is how you search" lecture. LibrarianInBlack: resources and discussions for the "tech-librarians-by-default" among us..., Feb 4, 2004

There are a lot of cool Google tips and hacks floating around, some of which I've mentioned in my weekly e-column. (For example, you can use Google as a dictionary by typing "define:ersatz," or whatever.) But here's a nice, tidy list of all of them in one place, some of which are new to me. Bookmark this baby! —David Pogue, New York Times technical specialist blog, June 2005

The absolutely best tutorial on how to use all of Google's potential. Easy to use, simple to navigate, this is a little jewel for both the novice and advanced search user. The definitive up-to-date guide on how to best leverage the Google search engine and all of its features in a simple and easy to access format. Recommended. —Robin Good, Master New Media: What Communication Experts Need to Know, Feb. 21, 2004

It might be unofficial, but it's the best online guide on how to use Google I have ever seen. Pay it a visit. —Robert Skelton, Google Answers Researcher and developer of SearchEngineZ and Google Fan

[Google Guide] is easy and intuitive to navigate, enables users of varying skill levels to skip or choose parts of the tutorial at will, and seems very comprehensive, especially with your "new features" page that you keep updated. Do you think Google would put a link to your tutorial on their page? —Regina R. Monaco, Ph.D.

Terrific guide to using Google by Nancy Blachman. I especially recommend the sections "interpreting queries" and "evaluating results". —Sébastien Paquet, Seb's Open Research: Pointers and thoughts on the evolution of knowledge sharing and scholarly communication

The fact that Nancy has been teaching Internet novices is apparent. She takes nothing for granted, and even includes tips on how to navigate a Web page. More savvy users may skip those sections, however, and focus on the practical examples and exercises.
      She is very thorough, and includes introductions to advanced Boolean searching, as well as many of the additional features available at Google, including everything from Froogle shopping search to the Google toolbar.
      The site also includes other useful features, like the list of new Google services or features. This page includes direct links to the relevant introduction found at the site.
      Now, why does she include a tilde (~) in the name of the site?
      Nancy points out that putting a tilde in front of a search term (with no space in between) effectively turns that term into any of its synonyms: "The tilde is known as the synonym operator. So, if you search for "Google ~Guide," Google will find Google Guide as well as other Google tutorials."
      It is tips like this one that make the Google ~Guide so useful. Yes, you may search Google right away, without reading any introduction or FAQs, but that is like looking at only one of the channels available on your TV or driving your car in the first gear only.
Pandia: Search Engine News

While the Google search instruction page is helpful, it's a rather bare bones approach, and your guide fills in the gaps. ... By having this tutorial available, you've saved folks lots of time trying to explain the search process. I'm glad your guide is available now and will recommend it to anyone new to the internet. I wish it had been available 5 years ago when I was a newbie. voila-ga, Google Answers Researcher

I adore Google. Period. I use it each time I need to search some stuff on the Net and it turns up the most wondrous results so I was truly happy to know that there is something better than Google ... Google Guide! Yep, it teaches you all the tips and tricks ... so you'll be able to search even better! Thank God for Google Guide!

Today I came across a really great guide for using Google. explains how google works including what tricks to use to find what you want from the simple (use words you expect to see in the page) to the complex (search for pages on using the operator). Even though I've been using google for years, and use complex operators all the time, even I learned a few tricks from this guide.
      If you, or someone you know, has trouble getting good search results, show them this guide. It should really help make their lives better.
The Infofiend Logs - Fiendish, Feb. 4, 2004

GoogleGuide looks like a potentially useful web-based tutorial for teaching students to search with Google... Note that it's available under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 1.0 license, which means maybe we should rework it as a Google tutorial module ... :-) ... [T]he nice thing is that a teacher can feel welcome to modify this tutorial for use with their classes. We need more open content tutorials such as this. Kairosnews: A Weblog for Discussing Thetoric, Technology & Pedagogy, Feb. 5, 2004

This comprehensive English-language guide offers almost everything that one should know about searching. In addition to strategies for finding what you want, it also describes special tools, like the built-in calculator, the map search, and much more. and Dr. Web Newsletter for Web Designers, both are German language websites

Great site! You've maintained the elegant simplicity of Google's own site, along with a thorough attention to detail and content. —sublime1-ga, Google Answers Researcher

As an experienced user of Google, Google News, Froogle, etc., I was pleased (and surprised) at how much I was able to learn from your excellent Google Guide. —Robert Spinrad, retired, formerly Senior Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Vice President, Technology Strategy, Xerox

Thanks for the tutorial—I was using Google as a flashlight in the big cave of the Internet, and Google Guide turned on the house lights! —Robert Miller, website designer and filmmaker

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