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Google Smarter!

Welcome to the Google Smarter research guide.

Google Search Alerts

Google Alerts

Google Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms.

Create a Google Alert
Go to the Google Alerts home page:

  1. Enter your search.
  2. Select the type of results you'd like (News, Blogs, Video, Discussions, Everything.
  3. Select how often you'd like results to be checked.
  4. Select number of results to be included.
  5. Enter your email address.
  6. When done, click the 'Create Alert' button. Google will send you a confirmation email; clicking the link in this email will activate your Alert.

You can create and confirm your Alert in one visit on your "Manage Your Alerts" page. To access this page, you'll need a Google Account. To create your account, click the link at the bottom of the Google Alerts home page or visit the Google Accounts home page directly.

Google Alerts Getting Started Guide
Access this guide to help you get the most out of Google Alerts.

Google Search Features

Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced searchAdvanced sounds harder, but what you get are more options for searching.

If you get millions of hits when searching with Google, consider trying Advanced Search. Advanced Search gives you options that allow you to search more precisely, which means you won’t have to look through as many hits to find what you want. As you can see in the image above, you can:

  • specify how you want your search terms to be searched.
  • limit results by language, date, file format and more.
  • Turn on safe search, which filters out sexually explicit content.
  • Perform a domain specific search (.org, .edu, .gov)
  • Perform a page specific search (