Google microsites and services

Google microsites and services
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First Published: Wed, Mar 19 2008. 12 56 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 19 2008. 12 56 AM IST
Alerts
www.google.com/alerts/
To create a Google email alert, enter the topic you wish Google to monitor (specific industry news, business competitors, celebrities, products or sports), pick the type of source (news, blogs, the Web, groups or comprehensive), the frequency of updates (ranging from as it happens to once a week), and bang out your email ID.
Book search
http://books.google.com/
It lets you search book texts. But, it also provides snippets, locates ones that interest you, and even helps you buy them. An ‘About this book’ gives you basic bibliographic data such as title, author, publication date, length and subject. Booking viewing varies between no previews, snippet views, limited previews to full view.
Froogle
http://froogle.google.com/
When you need to know the average price of an HDMI cable or a Glenmorangie Single Malt in a trice, this is where you head. Oh, yes, you can even buy stuff here.
Language tools
www.google.com/language_tools
It lets you search across languages, translate text, or even translate a full Web page to and from as many as 12 popular languages.
Patent search
www.google.com/patents
From the patent for a lipstick filed in 1941 by Eleanor Kairalla to a laptop with an evaporator cooling system in the lid, filed by Ralph Larson in 1995, you’ll find details on more than seven million US invention patents here. Abstracts, drawings, descriptions, claims…name it, and you have it all here.
Scholar
http://scholar.google.com/
A straightforward approach to seek sources on scholarly literature. You can dig around in several disciplines—across peer-reviewed papers (in any area of research), theses, books, citations, abstracts and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.
Trends
www.google.com/trends
Curious to know what the world is searching for? Google Trends gives you insights into broad search patterns across the cyber community.
Video
http://video.google.com/
If you think YouTube is synonymous with the best video clip searches, you’re wrong. Google Video casts a wider net. In this open online video directory, you can search, watch and buy an ever-growing collection of television shows, movies, music videos, documentaries, personal productions and more.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 19 2008. 12 56 AM IST