Tuesday, June 5, 2007 1:48 PM
Yesterday afternoon, I delivered a talk entitled Google Presents: New Developments to a packed room of special librarians from around the country. I talked about Universal Search, Hot Trends, News Archive Search, a few other recent launches, and also answered questions from the audience. I thought a few of the question and answers might be of interest to a broader audience, so here they are.
Q: Are international newspapers included in Google News?
A: Absolutely. We are working with news providers from around the world. In fact, you can limit your News search to sources from a particular country, by typing the country name in the Advanced News Search page or by including location:country in your query. For example, try a search for "global warming" location:UK to see News articles on global warming from UK news sources.
More information on Google News.
Q: Can you set up a Google Alert for Google Patents, so you're notified when a relevant patent is added?
A: Currently, you can only set up Google Alerts for new information from our Web, Google Groups, Blog Search or News indexes (or you can set up a comprehensive alert that includes all four). Adding Patents to this selection would be a great idea. Thanks for the suggestion -- we'll pass it on to the team at Google.
More information on Google Patents.
Q: I have some Google Alerts set up but they're not always that relevant, and sometimes they link to older information. How can I fix this?
A: A great way to refine your Alerts is by using advanced search before you set up an Alert. For example, to refine your News Alerts, try the Advanced News Search page. Once you're happy with the results you get from an advanced search, copy and paste your advanced search query into the search box on the Google Alerts home page, so you can use that same query for your Alert.
More information on Google Alerts.
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