Saturday, March 13, 2010

Google Searches by Jennifer Ritz

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Begin by doing a simple Google search, click on "Show Options" (right to the left of the results), and choose the type of search you want to do. When you click on one of the options, it will give you more options. Click the option you wish to search, click "Search" in the search bar, and then choose "Web" on the left-hand side.
  • Google Related Searches: Identifies similar searches that might help students specify what they wish to learn.
  • Google Wonder Wheel: Similar to a visual thesaurus, but for Google searches.
  • Google Timeline: "Timeline" will separate sites into time periods (e.g., tsunamis, search by years and the choose those from the 1700s).
Google Squared: This site allows you to search general information for a collection of similar items (e.g., presidents, math history, and Native American tribes. You can save and export the resulting square into Google spreadsheets which will keep the information clickable or into CSV which creates links).

Custom Search Engines: This allows you to modify a search and then save and manage it. It is a way to allow students to search for keywords within only the sites you specify.

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