Google Searching Help

Here’s a secret about librarians: we use Google just as much, if not more than you do. Yes, our most frequent remark is that libraries and librarians can’t be replaced by Google (and that’s true!), but we love Google and use it all the time.


Google loves to tinker with their search engine. Last year they purged MANY Google Labs features that they claim have been incorporated into their regular products (although I’m still bitter about Google Uncle Sam, an amazing product that has not been fully replicated, not even by But even more, they love to tinker with where they hide the extra goodies and tips about their products (and librarians love extra goodies and knowing all the search shortcuts).

With that in mind, here is where the best search help currently resides:

And they just launched a new website for educators. El Goog calls it “search education,” librarians call it information literacy. And to my surprise and delight, it is a very useful resource:

The lesson plans are glossy and nice enough, but the real gems are the live trainings. They are thorough and helpful even to people like me who think they know everything already. And there are a lot of them. I’ve barely scratched the surface, but I’m eager to see more.

Happy Searching!

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