Other Google search utilities

Google has a number of utilities that you may find useful when you are searching. The ones we will flag here are:

  • Google Scholar which searches from the published academic literature rather than the entire web.
  • Google Books which limits its search to published books. Google has undertaken to scan most, if not all, books that have been published.
  • Google Alerts which allows you to set up a search bot that will report back to you via email the new appearance of a particular phrase.
  • Google Blog search which limits your searches to blogs which, in turn, may allow you a simple means of keeping track of the output of particular blogs.
  • Google Trends which allows you to look at past and present search trends.
  • Google Ngram Viewer which allows you to map the frequency of terms in books over time.