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Here's the updated Google powersearching course. You can start the standard course whenever you like, but they've just launched an advanced course too.
This is one of the most comprehensive ways you can learn to search. Over the course of a month you watch video tutorials from Google's very own search experts, complete assignments and participate int online discussions (if you want to).
It takes a bit of commitment to see it through but you will benefit from it unless you're already a "power user". If you register on the site you'll receive an email invite when the next course is running.
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This is a fantastic resource for teaching yourself Google Search.
"You can't teach me how to use Google, I use Google every day, you just type and hit enter."
If that's your reaction, then you should invest a little time in this site to really understand how search works and how you can make it work for you. Best of all it includes some excellent cheat sheets which you can print off and stick by your computer.
(Oh and it's free)
Most of you are probably thinking “you bet!” or “what’s there to KNOW?” right about now. I believe you. The truth is, if you know how to enter a query and hit enter, you know how to use Google.
Do you know about "One Box" results and have you ever used the "knowledge graph" for searching? Nope neither have I but we could be missing on out some great search and discovery tools. Find out how and why to use them, along with some other very cool tips in this excellent Make Use Of article.
I recommend sucscribing to the Make Use of email updates as they often share great stuff like this.
For all the time you spend online, you probably spend most of it searching for stuff. So why settle for the most basic Google experience? Here are 10 ways to beef up and speed up your Google searches and find stuff easier.
Becoming more effective at searching on Google is a new kind of literacy, those that know how to use the power tools have a massive advantage over those that don't. Check out our other Google Scoops for handy cheat sheets to improve your search skills.