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Since the beginning, search has been Google’s main business. The company has poured a lot of time and energy into making their search engine one of the best on the web. Google’s search functionality is integrated into every other tool they offer, and for good reason. Search results are extensive, full of usefulness, and fair.

Google’s search engine is based on a ranking system. Engineers have figured out how to provide search results on useful information based on other people’s experiences. Although the exact methods Google uses to conduct its searches is a closely guarded secret, some information is known about the process. For example, the more popular a website seems to be, the higher the site will appear in the site’s search results. This system assumes that popularity equals quality, but this is true for the most part.

The search engine allows users to quickly find websites and information they’re looking for, but it also helps people search for more than just sites. Users can search for images, a search function based on how website owners annotate the images on their sites. Users can also search for news, local businesses, and more. These are all basic functions of Google’s search capabilities.

Google Scholar allows users to search academic quality material printed in journals and other online databases. This is perfect for doing a class paper based on the latest research. Google Books allows users to search through a huge collection of books. As you might imagine, copyright restrictions prohibit Google from presented all of the information in most books, but there are literally thousands of entire books whose copyrights have expired. More recent books include at least a chapter for people to read through.

Google cares about bringing search to as many people as possible, so they allow users to conduct searches in many languages, and they also have an Accessible Search for people who are visually impaired.