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Tips, Tools, and Resources for Power Searching

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Librarians are known in their communities as the go-to resource for power searches, research projects and answers to every kind of query. As informed as librarians are, however, they can always use some help harnessing the overwhelming amount of information available online. This list of 50 tips, guides and tools is designed to give librarians some help when searching Google for quality, relevant information for themselves and their patrons.

Advanced Search Tips

To perform an advanced search on Google that will narrow down your results, consider the following tips.

  1. Choose a domain name: If you’re looking for quality, authoritative information, select the Google Advanced Search option that only brings up .edu or .gov sites.
  2. Select a time period: This tip is especially helpful for science searches or if you need to find information that falls between a specific time period.
  3. Top 5 Google Search Tips: Get tips for using "hardcore Google" by watching this video.
  4. Usage Rights: Google lets searchers use the User Rights feature to specifically find material of any file type that can be shared and modified.
  5. Change language: To find source material, sometimes you need to bring up the content in its original language. Don’t forget to set this preference during your search to increase your chances of finding the original document.
  6. SafeSearch filtering: If you only want kid safe or public appropriate material brought up during your search, choose either the moderate or strict filtering option in your preferences.
  7. Negative terms: Weed out information you don’t want by putting the minus sign behind your keyword and then typing in another keyword that represents the definition of what you don’t want displayed. For an example, follow the link.
  8. link: If you want to find secondary source material that still links to a widely known authoritative site, type in [link:] and then the address of the site you want links to.
  9. Other Information Needs: Visit this page to find shortcuts for finding pages with certain words in the title, at certain domain names and more.
  10. related: The related feature gives you the option of searching for a page that is very similar to a website you already know. If you need an extra source or two for your project, you can type in [related:] and then the address of the site you’re using as an example for what you want to find.

Google Search Tools

Take advantage of Google’s many different search tools that can quickly connect you to literature and nonfiction guides, patents, scholarly articles, news archives and more.

  1. Google Blog Search: When you want your results to include blog content only, use this search.
  2. Google Book Search: Besides being able to search for actual books, this search also lets you find keywords and phrases that appear in books.
  3. Google Image: When you’re only searching for images, turn to this search engine powered by Google to find the most popular pics on the Web.
  4. News Archive Search: The days of microfiche and microfilm may be over thanks to the Google News Archive Search, which "provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives" and can display your results in a timeline.
  5. Power Search Tool: Watch this video for an introduction to Google’s Power Search Tool, which can narrow down your search by file type, search engine, definitions, history and a lot more.
  6. Desktop: Librarians who work on Macs can easily search all of the overwhelming content, saved websites and other files on their computer with this handy tool.
  7. Patent Search: For scientific, product, engineering and historical searches involving patents, you can look up over 7 million patents with photos and other information here.
  8. Google Custom Search: Create your own search engine powered by Google that reflects the needs of your library and community. You can choose to include certain websites, customize display options and more.
  9. Search by Number: For administrative purposes, use the Search by Number tools to track packages, find patents and look up U.S. area codes.
  10. Earth: If your library needs maps or aerial images of buildings, the community, or virtually any place on the planet, use the free Google Earth tool for your searches. Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro offer paid upgrades that include GPS and "access the ultimate research, presentation, and collaboration tool for location-specific information."
  11. Google Scholar: Google Scholar is a popular search engine that connects you to quality sites, journals, articles, abstracts, citations, research material and more.
  12. Finance: Help your patrons find stock quotes, market information and industry news on this niche site.
  13. Google Power Search: With a keyword search box and a drop down tab for different file types, this easy search engine lets you find images, Web content, video, music and more.
  14. Special Searches: When you need to conduct a search within a specific topic, like computers, politics or colleges and universities, use this tool to only bring up information that’s truly relevant.

Google Apps and Resources

Watch these videos and learn about Google’s apps and secret search commands to tap into parts of the Internet you never thought you’d be able to reach.

  1. Advanced Search Made Easy: Google’s Web Search Help Center provides great advice for maximizing the benefits of the advanced search, including choosing a specific domain, language, file type or period of time.
  2. Top 5 Hidden Google Search Commands: This YouTube video reveals simple tips for finding exactly what you want, including file types, metric conversions and answers to math problems.
  3. Language Tools: Find websites in different languages, translate a web page, and even alter the Google interface so that it reflects a particular language or country, from Sweden to Albania to Colombia to Liechtenstein.
  4. Google Toolbar: Install the Google Toolbar into your Firefox browser so that you can conduct a search from any place online.
  5. Improve Your Search Experience: This Google site gives tips on using reference tools, local searches, searching by number and other features.
  6. Google Notebook: Google Notebook is a librarian’s best friend, as it help you organize all of your clips, frequently visited websites and other research information.
  7. Translate: View websites in other languages by having them translated here.
  8. Web Accelerator: Speed up your searches and make your library run much more efficiently with this Google tool that helps your browser run more quickly.
  9. Search Results Page: Here, every part of a Google search results page is explained, helping you figure out where to find search statistics, navigation links, suggested sites and more.
  10. Google Sites: Librarians can use this Google app to share results and research with patrons or other librarians, making power searching a lot faster and more community-driven.

Power Searching Guides and Ideas

Here you’ll find how-to guides and ideas to help you with your power search, from finding different file types to using Google Book search in new ways.

  1. How to do an advanced search on Google Book Search: Watch this short YouTube tutorial for tips on doing the advanced search on this specific Google search engine.
  2. How to Use Google Search Like a Professional User: In this video, you’ll get tips for looking up basic information and getting the results you want to appear higher up in your queue.
  3. How to Use Google Trends for Keyword Search: Learn how checking statistics can give you an edge in your search.
  4. How to Find Any Type of File Using Google: If you’re having a hard time finding music files, images or specific downloads during your search, consider the tips presented in this video.
  5. Google Search Tips: This tutorial goes over Google search tools that can help teachers, students and librarians find what they need.
  6. Google Book Search: Researching Your (Ancestral) Roots: Get inspired to use Google Book Search for a genealogical project.
  7. 12 Quick Tips to Search Google Like and Expert: Tips in this guide include knowing when to exclude words, doing a site specific search, and searching for specific document types.
  8. Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks: To help patrons find even the most obscure material, use this guide to learn Google’s secrets.
  9. 10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks: From abbreviations and definitions to live commentaries, get quick search tips here.
  10. 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches: The Dumb Little Man offers up 20 tips for efficient Google power searching, from quotes to the wildcard symbol to vertical searches to types of numbers to cached pages.

Google Hacks for Librarians

These hacks are great for librarians who want to learn about the Google tips and tricks that will help them find information for students, teachers and the public.

  1. Secret Google Tips for Researchers: Part 1: This is part one of a five-part series that helps serious researchers use Google more efficiently, including searching groups, using quotes and stems, and more.
  2. Librarians and Google: Tips of the Trade: Librarians and librarian media specialists talk about the Google tools they love to use.
  3. Internet Librarian: 30 Search Tips in 40 Minutes: Elizabeth Lane Lawley from the mamamusings blog gives great tips for online searches, including many Google hacks.
  4. Google Guide: Making Searching Even Easier: This page is full of shortcuts, abbreviations and tips for conducting specialized searches.
  5. Google Hacks: Tips and Tools for Finding the World’s Information: View this book online through Google Books to find very useful tips for getting to the information you want on Google.
  6. Create a Google Custom Search Engine: The website Google Librarian Central provides this how-to for librarians who want to create a custom search engine for their community.

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Doing Your Due Diligence

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So now you have a select group of HYIPs that you would like to invest in. You've mapped out your plan to maximize your earnings, and you're ready to set out into the HYIP world, and you're going to rake in the dough! Not so fast. Before you put your money in the hands of an HYIP admin, it's important to do your Due Diligence to find out more about the site and the admin before you hand over your money. Here's how you can accomplish this.

Many HYIP investors get caught up in the game of profits. They spot the first HYIP that promises amazing returns, and they shove their money at it. Before you lose it all playing this way, let's figure out who is behind these HYIPs first. Do a Whois information search on the site and see if there are any verifiable contact details in it. If it's full of useless information, that means the admin of the site doesn't want to be traced. Walk away.

Check out the site itself. If it looks like many other sites out there, they're probably using a cheap premade script. This is a big red flag. Not only does it mean that they're probably not in it for the long haul because they didn't invest in a strong, independent script, but most of the premade scripts are easily cracked and intruded on by hackers who can steal your money and your private information. Also be sure to check all the pages on the site for text that seems copied from other sites. We've seen some excellent examples like site names that differed from the domain name. Big red flag, again. If they did not bother to create a trustworthy-looking website, why should you invest in them? You are more likely to see some return if you choose a company carefully, paying attention to all the aspects.

Forums and monitors are a great way to figure out who is paying and who isn't. Look past the bickering that they bring and sift for useful information. It might make the difference between investing in a strong HYIP and a dead one.

And finally, you can just ask the admin some questions. Ask them about their background, why they think they can make money in the HYIP field, contact information, etc. If you don't feel comfortable in their answers, don't feel comfortable giving them your money.

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Tips For Buying A Hard Drive

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Today hard disk is most commonly used storage device in personal computers and laptop computers. Mostly application program and operation systems require hard disk for installation and operation. That is way it is very important to verify When purchasing a hard disk drive, this hard disk drive is suitable for your uses and has or does not have the options you may or may not need.

Interface of the hard disk

There are many types (interface) of hard disks available in the market for example IDE/ATA,SCSI,External hard drive. That is why first decide your need is internal or external hard drives. When looking to purchase a hard disk drive the first it is important consideration is the Interface the hard disk drive uses to communicate with the computer .


This type of hard disk is used with IBM compatible computers, and very easy to install in a computer. Each IBM computer has the availability for a maximum of four IDE devices, for example IDE hard disk , CD drive and DVD drive.


The SCSI interface is generally a better and faster solution when compared to IDE/ATA but this solution is not best for common user only best for server level machine. however in some cases can be more difficult to install. To install a SCSI hard disk drive you must have a SCSI card and an available connection on the SCSI cable connecting to the SCSI card.


External Hard disk
There are many solutions are also available; these include, USB Hard disk drive, Fire wire Hard disk drive and Parallel Hard disk drive. The main benefit with external hard disk, you can move it where you want very easily. Mostly external hard disk is used for data backup and change the physical location of data.

Other considerations

Here are some important considerations to look at when purchasing a computer new hard disk drive:

Speed: Hare disk speed is playing an important role when your consider a computer speed. The accessing speed of hard disk is also very high as compare to other storage devices. It is from 5 to 15 MBps. The platters of hard disk rotate from 3000 to 10,000 revolution per min.

Warranty: How long is the warranty and what does it cover.

Support : Is the technical support number a free number is it open 24 hours 7 days a week.

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Tips On Buying A Desktop Computer


A desktop personal computer is a most popular mode of personal computer. The system unit of the desktop personal computer can lie flat on the desk or table. In desktop personal computer, is usually placed on the system unit. A Purchasing a home or business computer can be a big and sometimes costly decision. Below is a listing of helpful suggestions for what to look for and ask when purchasing a home or business computer new or used.


Today there are two options to buy a computer, a new or used computer. Used computer are some time out of date, but you can buy it with very low price as compare to new computer, but I think branded or used computer are much stable than a new computer. Before purchasing a computer consider if you should purchase a new or used computer. Many individuals sell computer before they are out of date allow you to purchase a relatively decent computer. Before purchasing a new computer from a computer manufacture look at what is available and review the below precautions when purchasing a computer.

More Considerations

When purchasing a computer it is likely that you will have a general idea of what you may like in the computer or how you would like to configure the computer. Below is a listing of the various components likely to be found in a computer and recommendations and tips when considering any of the following components.


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Generally there are two types of Computer Case are available in market, for Example Tower case and desktop case. The system unit of the desktop personal computer can lie flat on the desk or table and the monitor is usually placed on the system unit. An other model of the computer case is known tower. The system unit of the tower PC is vertically placed on the desk or table. But purchasing a computer case is generally not an important consideration when you are going to buy a Computer. However it depends upon the user needs and choice to building a computer case may find it important to consider the following considerations.

CD Media

CD-R -always will be an important consideration to think about when purchasing a new computer or used computer. A CD-writer or recorder (or simply CD-R drive) is used to write data on CD-R disks. Usually, a CD-writer can read information from CD as well as write information on CD, The locally produced CD-R disks are created with CD writer. The speed of these drives is up to 52X or more.

CD-RW - You must have a CD-RW drive to write date on the CD-RW. These drives have read and write speed is up to 52X or more but the re-write speed is 10X or more. The CD-RW drive is advanced and more expensive than CD-R drive. It can write data on both CD-R and CD-RW discs and also read data from them

DVD - DVD stands for Digital Video Disk Versatile Disc. DVD-ROM is an extremely high capacity optical disc with storage capacity from 4.7 GB to 17 GB.

Hard Drive

Hard drives have and always will be an important consideration to think about when purchasing a new computer or used computer. Hard disk is most commonly used storage device in personal computers and laptop computers. Most application programs and operation systems require hard disk for installation and operation.


The computer processor is and will always be an important consideration when purchasing a computer. Processor is considered the brain of the computer. The CPU fetches instructions of program from main memory and executes them one by one. The speed of the CPU is measured in Mega Hertz or Giga Hertz and speed from 500 MHz to 3.4 GHz, it depends upon a user needs, that is why purchasing a processor is an important consideration when building or buying a computer. There are several considerations and additional information about what to ask and look for when purchasing a processor directly or already installed into a computer.

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Gold Made Easy


Do you have any gold? Or Do you like to collect any gold? I hope you do because if we have gold, it will be pride for us. Having is not only for pride but also for spending hobby, showing the wealth and have self satisfaction, that is why many people like wearing or collecting gold. To get or buy gold, we can get it in many gold stores around the neighborhood.

How about buying it online or in the Internet? Can we do that? Yes, you can because now there are many online gold stores available in the Internet and Gold Made Easy is one of them. When you visit goldmadeeasy.com, you will see many gold coin sold here and most of them have good design, such as; Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle MS 65, The American Gold Buffalo, The American Gold Eagle and many more. The prices are suitable with the design, quality and beauty of the gold. Besides being able to buy gold, we can also sell our gold here. You can also use sell gold in Gold Made Easy. So, anytime you need to buy and sell Gold as well as acquiring a gold and precious metal portfolio, visit goldmadeeasy.com or contact them at 1-800-940-7793.

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