All About Google News

Google News

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Google News is a custom Internet newspaper with articles from 4,500 different news sources and all the search functions of Google. Google News has undergone many changes over the years, but the functions remain essentially the same. Go to news.google.com to get started.

Not every website is a "news" website, so Google News and the search box restrict your search to only items Google classifies as "news." 

Top Stories are listed towards the top of the page, or above the fold in newspaper terms. Scrolling down reveals more news categories, such as World, US, Business, Entertainment, Sports, Health, and Sci/Tech. Many of these suggestions are based on assumptions Google is making about news items that would interest you, but you can personalize your experience if you're not "feeling lucky." 

Dateline

Google News shows the news source and the date it was published. (e.g. "Reuters 1 hour ago") This lets you find the freshest news article. It's particularly helpful with breaking stories.  

Summaries

Just as a newspaper offers part of a news article on the front page and then directs you to an interior page, Google News items only provide the first paragraph or so of a news item. To read more, you must click on the headline, which will direct you to the story's source. Some news items also have a thumbnail image.

Clustering

Google News clusters similar articles. Often many newspapers will republish the same article from the Associated Press or they'll write a similar article based on someone else's article. Related stories are often grouped near an example story. For example, an article about a high profile celebrity wedding would be grouped with similar articles.

That way you could find your preferred news source. 

Personalize

You can personalize your Google News experience in one of many ways. Change country localization using the first dropdown box. Change the look and feel using the second dropdown box (default is "modern.") Use the Personalize button to pull up advanced sliders and tweak your Google News topics and how you weight the sources. For example, you could create a news topic called "educational technology," and you could specify that you would like Google News to find fewer articles from ESPN and more from CNN.