By Nerino Petro at 30 June, 2008, 8:27 am
While there are other search engines that are available for use to search the Internet, Google has ascended to primacy for most users. Some of the best ways to use Google are the least known such as its ability to work as a calculator, convert currency and units of measurement, track packages, find the location of area codes and more. Google provides a helpful page on many of these features here. PC Magazine just published its 20 Google Tips and Tricks detailing these and others here.
To get the most out of a Google search, resources such as Google Guide can be extremely helpful in helping you draft your query and the interpreting the results. Google Guide also has several cheat sheets including this one for general search use and this one for doing basic and advanced calculations.
As lawyers, we too often focus on legal specific search and research tools provided by LexisNexis and Westlaw, but to be truly proficient, you need to use all of the tools at your disposal. Google can be a valuable addition to your Internet toolbox.