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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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Google News

Google News can be personlized to focus on just the type of news you want.  Business can be a focus.


Google Business

Google has an extensive Business Section that will keep you updated on all that is important in the business world.


Google Finance

Google Finance goes beyond just the business news. 


Google Groups

Join a group of interest or start your own Google Group so that you can communicate real time with people wou are working on a project with for instance.  Find out more information at Google Groups.


Google Documents

Store your documents with Google and never have to worry about using a USB drive again.  Go to Google Documents for more information.


Google Search Tips for Business Students

Besides many of the features of Google in the right or left columns in this section that can be geared towards finding business information you can utilize many searching techniques to maximize your business research in Google.

Follow some of the simple techniques below to create better searches within Google.


Some Important Google Search Tips for Business Researchers

1.  Search Stocks:

GM for General Motors will allow you to search for information on that company and stock.

2.  Search for specific file types:

filetype:ppt and branding.  Note that there is no space after the colon.  This will return Power Point Presentations that have branding as a topic. 

Other filetypes include pdf or .doc.  These two might be good for locating articles on topics.

3.  Search through a particular web site for a topic:

financial regulations and will search through only the Wall Street Journal web site for the terms financial regulations and return those pages.  If you put " " around financial regulations then only the pages with that exact phrase will be returned.

4.  Search for words in a url:

allinurl:business will search for web sites that have the phrase business in them.

5.  Search a domain type:

site:org and business will allow you to search for web sites that are listed as an organization and may have a business focus.

6.  Search demographic terms like unemployment rate or population or education level...:

unemployment rate michigan will allow you to locate that specific information faster than searching any official site that tracks that data.  You can also search for cities and countries. 

7.  Define words or phrases:

Define: short term debt

Google can also be used as a great calculator or conversion tool:

8. Calculate anything:

“100*3.14-cos(83)=” Many more calculations can be done as well.

9.  Convert the US dollar to any currency from around the world and convert any foreign currency to US dollars:

1 US dollar = 53.33 Indian ruppee.

10.  Convert distances, weights and measures:

3.5 miles to km


More Google search tips can be found at Google Support.



Power Searching in Google

For understanding how to better search within Google view this tutorial.  Also, there are other Google tutorials at Google Live Trainings.


Google Translate

Do you have some foreign business terminology that you need translated?  Give Google Translate a try.


Google Apps for Business

Try a varierty of Google Apps for Business like Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Slides, Sheets, and Drive. All of these Apps are free and cloud based.  Watch this tutorial for more information.

If you like this video you can locate more videos from Google Enterprise, which is a YouTube channel for all videos about and related to Google Enterprise, Google's suite of products for businesses and non-profit organizations.


Google Mobile

Depending on your smartphone you can put a variety of Google Apps in the palm of your hand.


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