November 19, 2009

Have you used Google Scholar?

Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:47 am


Google Scholar was launched in November 2004, but few seem to know that it’s out there.   If you used Google Scholar before, you might be pleasantly surprised. (Google claims that many bugs have been resolved)  Use Advanced Scholar Search for the best results.  Google explains:

What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
  • Find papers, abstracts and citations
  • Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
  • Learn about key papers in any area of research

October 14, 2009

Can’t access your Google Account?

Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:38 am

I am a huge fan of Google.

I am also disappointed in their zero support policy.  When there is an issue, users are pretty much left alone to try and solve the problem.   Google created help self help forums for each of its products.  The employees that Google hires to watch the forums on the products must be the worst kind of introverts … because there is no evidence that they read the requests for help.   And don’t try to get in the backdoor.  Google’s gate keepers (receptionists) are trained to block your calls if you try to reach the product managers or an internal help desk.

Is there hope of reinstating your Google Account in the event that your password stops working and a simple password reset won’t work?  There is a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.   Your best bet, is to be prepared in advance for the possibility that this could happen.  Your account could be taken over by a hacker, or it could somehow get corrupted.  Read the questions below, and keep the answers in a safe place.

Google Accounts

Google Accounts Help

You will be asked:

  • Do you use Google Apps with this account? (answer no, or you will be routed to a self help screen)
  • Describe the problem you’re experiencing
  • I am unable to reset my password

    I believe someone has taken over my account


  • Do you use Gmail with this account?
  • Last successful login date
  • Last password you remember
  • Account creation date
  • Google products you used with this account and the date you started using each one
  • Do you use orkut with this Google Account?
  • Do you use Blogger with this Google Account?
  • An email address we can use to contact you
  • Google then captures your IP address automatically when you submit the help form.

    July 7, 2009

    Where in the World are the BusinessToolsBlog readers?

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:47 am


    With a little help from Google Analytics, I can easily see that Most of my blog visitors come from:

    1. United States
    2. United Kingdom
    3. Canada
    4. India
    5. Australia
    6. Germany
    7. Philippines
    8. Singapore
    9. Netherlands
    10. Hong Kong

    Pretty cool.


    June 3, 2009

    Google Squared Launched Today!

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 5:20 pm

    Google Squared is now available in Google labs.  Google squared is a research tool that lets you view search results in squares.  You can remove content, add suggested columns of your own, and save your squares for future access.

    Google says:

    Google Squared is an experimental tool that takes a category (like US presidents, roller coasters, or digital cameras) and attempts to create a starter “square” of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web. You can modify your square by removing rows and columns you don’t like–or by adding new rows and columns and having Google Squared attempt to fetch the relevant facts. Verify and correct the facts in your square by exploring the original sources and investigating other possible values. If you’re happy with your square you can save it and come back to it later. Google Squared does the grunt work for you, making research fast and easy.

    I tried it, and at first I found the format confusing.   I was expecting it to organize websites, but instead it finds and organizes facts.  Imagine Wikipedia on steroids.  Google Squared is still in labs, so it’s still a little weak, but I can definitely see the potential.

    May 27, 2009

    Generate Lots of Free Traffic with Google Base

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:40 am

    Google Base goes head to head with Craigslist and ebay by offering Google Product Search as a free service. Google Base allows you to list up to One Million Items and the only requirement is that you have a Google account. Google says, “Our goal is to enable users to search over the broadest possible range of products for sale online. To do that, we’re offering this service to all sellers at no charge.”

    To post an item on Google Base:

    1. Click on the One at a time link on the Google Base homepage.
    2. Select the type of information you’re submitting (or create your own type of information) and click Next >.
    3. After you’ve entered and reviewed your item’s formatting, click Publish. Within a few hours, your item will be visible to the world.

    Note: If you’d like to create more than ten items, you might consider sending us a data feed. This will save you from having to create multiple items by hand. Learn more about feeds.

    The warning I would give is that you shouldn’t expect a lot of support.  The service is free, and it will generate traffic.  If something goes wrong, you will have to go to Google Base Help Forum.

    May 6, 2009

    Google Contacts in Beta

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:44 am

    Google launched a “new” contact management application.  Google Contacts is a standalone application that lets you organize and edit your contact list, even if you don’t use Gmail.  It’s a simple appplication without any bells and whistles … yet.  You can export or import contacts from a CSV file by clicking the “Import” option, located at the upper right portion of the Contacts page, print the page, edit contact details and organize contacts into groups.


    May 5, 2009

    Search for Images by Color with Google Image Search

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: , — Sandi Mays @ 12:05 am

    Google Image Search is a great tool, but it can be time consuming to find the “right” image.  Sometimes you need a certain color image for a presentation.  When using Google images, you can narrow the search.  For example, if you wanted a picture of a black dog.

    Step 1:  Go to Google Images, and type “dog” into the search bar


    Step 2: Then, narrow the search by color (just click on the color)


    If you want to narrow the color, by a color other than those pictured, just add the following text to the end of the URL “&imgcolor=black”  (substitute your color for “black“)

    March 20, 2009

    Get NextGen Google Chrome in Beta

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:37 am

    If you already love Google Chrome, then try the new Beta version.  It is:

    • 25% faster search than regular non-Beta Chrome
    • Form autofill
    • Full page zoom
    • Autoscroll
    • A new way to drag tabs out to get a side-by-side view

    Click here to install:

    March 9, 2009

    Change the Default Route with Google Maps

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: — Sandi Mays @ 12:11 am

    With a simple right click and drag, you can change the default directions given by Google Maps.

    Google will first give you a default map.  Left Click and on the default Purple Route where your want to change directions. A white circle and a callout that says “Drag to Change Route” appears.  


    While still holding the Left Click – Drag the circle to the route on the map, that you would prefer to take.  That’s it.   Your driving directions will change to match the purple route shown on the map.  


    Hopefully the next step is to integrate with traffic!



    February 24, 2009

    Free “Yellow Page” listing with Google

    Filed under: Other Google — Tags: , — Sandi Mays @ 12:04 am

    Do you want your business to show up on Google Maps?  Click here to add your business to Google Maps Local Business Center.  It’s just like the yellow pages, except it’s free.




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