Google's Power Searching Course Now Available Online

A previous tip was about an online offering of classes by Google on how to be a better searcher. Those classes were at specified times. The classes are now available online for viewing at your leisure. The Google link is here.  There are six 50-minute classes, free for anybody to try. 

{Added later: The link above no longer works. As noted in the comments, you can get to the classes from a new Google offering described here..}

Take a look at the lessons. You’ll be pleased at how much easier it is to find what you’re looking for once you learn a few tricks.

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by Century22 on 13. January 2013 - 4:14  (104434)

404 Not Found

The resource could not be found.

by v.laurie on 13. January 2013 - 14:33  (104443)
by ambcanuck on 11. January 2013 - 18:56  (104405)

link to the previous course doesn't appear to work. I get a 404 error. do you know if they've taken it down?

UPDATE..... going to the new course allows you to access the previous course at your leisure...

by v.laurie on 11. January 2013 - 18:58  (104406)

Thanks for the information. I will make a note in the body of the tip above.

by JF (not verified) on 17. August 2012 - 20:48  (97878)

I followed the course when it was running with tests and forum - and can only recommend to go through it now, even without these. I don't know if the forum is still available, there were some issues - perhaps Google has corrected some of the small errors mentioned in the issues, perhaps not. But on the whole - very recommendable.

by Jazz (not verified) on 17. August 2012 - 19:45  (97876)

Have downloaded some of the PDFs. Will take time and effort to download and sort them all, but will be worth it. Will pass it on to the rest of my family and reap the cumulative benefit.

This is a great find with very useful info (especially for my children who are students and do a lot of research).

BTW, the PDF files do, indeed, include the slide show images as suggested by mr6n8. (Not included in the DOC format, but there is a link to it on each page).

Thanks also to Gizmo's Freeware and Vic Laurie for showing the way.

by bem (not verified) on 17. August 2012 - 16:50  (97865)

The videos can easily be downloaded just as a youtube video would be, using your favorite method. I use FF and the FlashGot addon, which makes it fairly simple. Start the video, right click on any blank space except the video, and select FlashGot Media (1). Done.

by Jazz (not verified) on 17. August 2012 - 15:58  (97860)

Is there any place where one could get this in PDF or similar downloadable text format? In my country streaming bandwidth at home is generally somewhat slow (and very expensive). Anyway, it would be so much more pratical to be able to read it at my actual leisure, rather than sit in front of a desktop computer looking at a stuttering tutorial for 300 minutes and then not have something to keep for easy reference later. It's nice of Google to offer this, but I'm sure their dear senior research scientist would appreciate that all things are not always equal.

by mr6n8 on 17. August 2012 - 16:58  (97866)

If you click where it says, "Text Version", you will be taken to a new page.

On the upper left hand side of that page will be a menu. Select File>Download as and you will see several file format options including PDF.

As far as I could tell, the PDFs included the "slide show" images referenced on the text version page.

by Jazz (not verified) on 17. August 2012 - 18:55  (97874)

Ah, I see... You click on the required course, then you go to Text Version in the top right corner, then you go to Select File in the top left and then Download > (format you prefer).

I should have known that such a distinguished looking scientist would have thought of it :-)

This should save a lot of unnecessarily wasted bandwidth, time and frustration during future searches, not through any fault of Google - rather due to ignorance on my part. I'm sure many will agree that this tutorial is an excellent idea.

Thank you so much for pointing this out.

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