Google tips

January 11th, 2010

Sure, Google's great, but are you using some of its better tricks?

site: search

My personal favorite specifies that search results will come only from a particular web site or domain. This is key for searching complicated web sites, like or Use the search operator "site:" like this [tule lake data]. Or restrict your search to only .edu or .gov domains: [arsenic groundwater].

Unit conversion

For quick calculations, enter the conversion into Google's search box like this [11 in in cm].


The unit conversion idea works for mathematical equations too [2+2=]

Track packages

Waiting for lab supplies? Enter the UPS, FedEx, or USPS tracking number directly into the Google search box.  It will take you straight to the package tracking info.