Gather and Organize
Make your searches more effective, feel the pulse of various online trends, and organize all that information and collaborate on it with colleagues using various Google tools.
- Advanced Search: Search by freshness, region, domain, etc
- Advanced Image Search: Refine images by copyright, size, line drawings vs. clip art, etc
- Google Scholar: Search and review court cases and academic papers that previously were available only with expensive subscriptions
- Google News Archive: Through partnerships with newspapers and magazines, we’ve scanned millions of articles from thousands of publishers and made them searchable. Includes free and paid archives
Google Trends and Analytics
- Google Trends: Explore patterns of search behavior all over the world and export the data; enables filtering by region and seasonality
- Google Hot Searches: Identify trends as they happen with the day’s fastest-rising searches; Hot Searches can be both a motivator for a quick story as well as for something over time. NBC’s “Today” show features Google Trends on Mondays to give viewers a sense of what was popular over the weekend
- Google Books Ngram Viewer: See how popular a phrase is across five centuries of books, covering more than 500 billion words
- Public Data Explorer: Make sense of huge amounts of data through visualizations that show trends in public data like birth rates, causes of death and unemployment
- Google Alerts: Get e-mail alerts on any web or news term
- Google Translate: Automatically translate any page or snippet of text, and learn how to translate on your phone, any e-mail (in Gmail) and any website on the fly (in the Chrome web browser). We don’t recommend using it straight to broadcast or publication, but certainly a place to begin to see what’s of interest in a particular region
- Google Correlate: Google Correlate is like Google Trends in reverse. With Google Trends, you type in a query and get back a data series of activity (over time or in each U.S. state). With Google Correlate, you enter a data series (the target) and get back a list of queries whose data series follows a similar pattern
Google Consumer Surveys is a fast, affordable, and accurate market research tool. Users complete survey questions in order to access high-quality content around the web, and content publishers get paid as their users answer. Google automatically aggregates and analyzes responses through a simple online interface. Learn more on the Consumer Surveys website.
Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere—on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go—with up to 15GB of free storage. Change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device and it updates everywhere you’ve installed Drive. Drive apps like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides let you create different kinds of online documents and work on them in real time with your colleagues. All your work and changes are automatically saved in Drive. Get started at www.google.com/drive/about.html. If your newsroom is looking to go Google, learn more about Google Apps for Business.
Tips and Tricks
- Use the ‘-’ (minus) sign to exclude terms from your search
- Use site: to search a specific site -- e.g.: Jackson Pollock site:sfmoma.org
- Use filetype: to search for specific file extensions -- e.g.: crime rate filetype:csv
- Go to google.com/help/features.html to learn how to get time zones, currency conversions, flight times, unit conversions, definitions, patent numbers and more