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Q: how to use google ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: how to use google
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: themainnigg-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 07 Jul 2004 16:18 PDT
Expires: 06 Aug 2004 16:18 PDT
Question ID: 371047
looking for websites that give free extensive tutorial on how to use
google. A site that's probably all about that would be suitable. a
site like fravia's/searchlores but focuses mostly on google.It should
include using boolean operators,"index of" commands e.t.c
Subject: Re: how to use google
Answered By: sublime1-ga on 07 Jul 2004 18:16 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

You can simply do no better than Nancy Blachman's extensive
Google Guide website:

Nancy even did research here on GA, submitting 14 questions
in the process of perfecting her extremely detailed site:

The table of contents page is a good place to begin exploring:

At the bottom of that page, you'll see a special offer:
"Buy a pdf version of Google Guide for only $1.99 USD."

Nancy also co-authored the book 'How to Do Everything with

"The book How to Do Everything with Google, which I
 co-authored with Google engineers Fritz Schneider and
 Eric Fredricksen, covers material similar to Google
 Guide, but with many more examples, more detailed
 descriptions, and more about the history and development
 of features and services in Google. In other words,
 How to Do Everything with Google is more comprehensive
 than Google Guide."

The book is for sale at, for $16.99:

Please do not rate this answer until you are satisfied that  
the answer cannot be improved upon by way of a dialog  
established through the "Request for Clarification" process. 


Additional information may be found from an exploration of
the links resulting from the Google searches outlined below.

Searches done, via Google:

"using google" Nancy

Request for Answer Clarification by themainnigg-ga on 09 Jul 2004 00:25 PDT
thanks for the answer. Does googleguide teach how to use the "index
of" command as i have been studying the tutorial and haven't come
accross it yet. Or even the "parent directory" query.

Clarification of Answer by sublime1-ga on 09 Jul 2004 08:28 PDT

Neither "index of" or "parent directory" are search functions,
within Google, with which I am familiar, as worded. A search
of the googleguide site for those terms produces no useful 

"index of"

"parent directory"

Nor does a search of Google, itself:

"index of" command

"parent directory"

If the functions you are seeking aren't contained on the
following two pages, I would suggest you simply email
Nancy at the email address she provides at the top of 
her homepage. She is considerably more knowledgeable 
than I with regards to Google search functions, and 
I'm sure she'd be happy to help you, if she can.

If she is unfamiliar with these functions, I would
bet she'll go out of her way to learn about them
and include them in her site!

If you know another way of phrasing these functions, or
can provide an example of them, as I've done with the 
searches above, I may be able to assist you, as well.
Otherwise, if you choose not to try contacting Nancy,
you might want to open a new question so that other
researchers who might be familiar with these terms
can have access to the question, however, I think 
Nancy would be your best resource, by far.


Request for Answer Clarification by themainnigg-ga on 09 Jul 2004 10:26 PDT
thanks for the long clarification,it was very much appreciated.
However,I learn't typing into google'
  intitle:"index of /" "parent directory" +"*.avi" -filetype:htm -filetype:html  
   you could use it go find specific files. e.t.c  You could try it
and see what i mean.

Clarification of Answer by sublime1-ga on 09 Jul 2004 14:26 PDT
Ah! A kind colleague has informed me of a resource for the
parameters of which you are speaking. One of our very own
researchers authors a site called Google Blogoscoped, which
is also an excellent place to find little know facts about
Google. My colleague pointed me to this page on that site,
which discusses what you're talking about:

All of this was new to me, and apparently to the GoogleGuide
site as well, since a search there turned up nothing about 

themainnigg-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
would have loved to add one more star if permitted. thanks sublime!

Subject: Re: how to use google
From: searchingandcurious-ga on 12 Jun 2005 17:10 PDT
Check out the Google Guide Advanced Operator Cheat Sheet at It offers
a nice summary of what you can do with Google operators, both basic
and advanced ones.

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