70 Fantastic Bing Tricks For Students & Librarians
ften regarded as the red-headed stepchild of Google and Yahoo!, who dominate the search engine industry, Bing is a surprisingly powerful search tool for students and librarians. Offering top-notch results, tools, and neat features, Bing really brings a lot to the table, and it’s worth exploring all of the great tricks that are available through the search service.
That’s why we’ve compiled an update to our 2009 list, 50 Fantastic Bing Tricks for Students and Librarians, offering all of our old favorites, plus 20 more great ways to make Bing work for you in school, libraries, and beyond. Read on to discover 70 incredible tricks that you can do with Bing.
First and foremost a powerful search engine, here are many ways that students and librarians can trick out Bing searches.
Discover recipes: Whether you’re finding a new way to enjoy ramen noodles or whipping up Thanksgiving dinner, Bing Recipes shares results from popular recipe websites.
Go social: Check out Bing Social to find trending topics and public updates from Twitter and Facebook.
Look up lyrics: Bing offers an easy way to look up lyrics to popular songs.
Listen to songs: If lyrics aren’t enough, you can listen to songs in full (one time only) from Zune.net.
Find all the best stuff: Check out the Bing Editors’ Picks to find curated results for things like party planning, education, and finance.
Use advanced search operators: Keep results out with the NOT or minus sign operators, search sites with site:, and even find public domain files using advanced Bing search operators. You can also add emphasis with “prefer.”
Track a package: Just enter your tracking number into Bing, and you can find out where any much-awaited package is at the moment.
Learn from the background image: Hover over the background image, and you’ll be able to explore it, learning facts and finding links to interesting topics.
Do math calculations Bing’s search functions as a calculator, allowing you to enter math calculations into the search box to discover the answer to even highly complicated mathematical functions, thanks to Bing’s Wolfram Alpha API.
Type questions into the Bing search box, and you’ll find answers from the Encarta encyclopedia thanks to Bing’s Instant Answers.
Find definitions: If you’re looking for a word definition, just add “define” or “definition” to your Bing search string.
Discover statistics: You can look up simple statistics, like state populations and even employment information just by asking Bing, typing “state population of California” or “Colorado unemployment” into the search box.
Look up zip and area codes: Find out where a zip or area code is located just by typing it into Bing.
Find company contact information: Bing often offers contact information for companies with hard-to-find phone numbers, so get your hands on this information by typing a business name into Bing’s search box.
Look up stock quotes: Get access to stock quotes and other financial info by adding “stock” or “quote” to a company name on your Bing search.
Look up holiday dates: Find out what day a holiday falls on this year by searching for the holiday and year.
Find sports information: Look up scores, stats, game times, and other sports information by searching for your team and what you’re looking for, like, “Astros score.”
Research and Collaboration
Discover useful information to share and compile in a super-efficient way using these research and collaboration tricks for Bing.
View headlines: Check out Bing to see the day’s top stories in world, national, even local.
Look up salaries: Thanks to data from PayScale, you can search for real-time salary information on the 4,000 most popular job titles on Bing.
Going somewhere? Bing is a powerful tool for exploring places wherever you are, whether you’re around the world or in your own backyard.
Place pushpins: Mark and remember locations by putting pushpins in Bing Maps. You can even leave notes and photos on your pushpin.
Calculate cab fare: Use Bing’s taxi fare calculator to find out how much it’ll cost you to get from point A to point B in a cab. This is especially useful for making sure you’re getting charged approximately the right amount.
Find deals in one place: Bing Shopping brings the best of deal sites together, offering Groupon, Living Social, and more together.
Look up snow reports: Just search for “snow report city” to look up the snow conditions for a location.