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Google better! Benefits and features of Advanced Google and Google Scholar. Appropriate for Middle School up.

Google better! Benefits and features of Advanced Google and Google Scholar. Appropriate for Middle School up.

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  • 1. GoogleSmart Click icon 1
  • 2. Research with Google?•  Students, teachers, staff—we all use Google –  Teachers are overheard telling students: “just Google it”•  Students are required to use resources from subscription databases. –  Subscription services are more authoritative, valid, easier to use, and easier to cite.•  But we also Google—either as a start, or to check that something obvious wasn’t missed•  Google is incredibly powerful•  So let’s get better at Googling! 2
  • 3. Today’s Goals•  Learn how to use Google better. –  Google Advanced –  Key Words, Key Phrases –  Google Scholar•  Discover Google shortcuts and neat “things” 3
  • 4. Keep in mind: The Invisible Web Google doesn’t search everything…•  What search engines choose not to index –  “The Invisible Web: Text pages, files, or other often high-quality authoritative information available via the World Wide Web that general-purpose search engines cannot, due to technical limitations, or will not, due to deliberate choice, add to their indices of Web pages. Sometimes also referred to as the “deep Web” or “dark matter…what may be invisible today may suddenly become visible tomorrow.” –  “If a Web page has no links pointing to it from any other page on the Web, a search engine crawler can’t find it. These “disconnected” pages are the most basic part of the Invisible Web.” Sherman, Chris and Gary Price, In Library Trends 52 (2) 2003: Organizing the Internet: 282-298 –  “In fact, only a small percentage of the Web’s content is accessible to Google. The term “deep Web” refers to the vast portion of the Web that is beyond the reach of the typical “surface Web” crawlers. Surface Web search engines like Google can’t easily fathom the deep Web because most deep Web content has no links to it.” Sol Lederman,, 2009. 4
  • 5. So let’s find a typicalassignment for a young student “find out what bottlenose dolphins eat”(This is my part of the report) 5
  • 6. A “Regular” Google Search 6
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  • 10. Many of us do this 10
  • 11. Worse results thanfirst Google search! 11
  • 12. Eliminate the “s” and look at drop down suggestions 12
  • 13. ut tooNo sports teams bmany hits! 13
  • 14. 1. Click Wheel Box for Drop Down MenuAND, OR, NOT + - 2. Click Advanced search (Boolean Search) “ ” 14
  • 15. Google Advanced Search Box gic— Bool ean loE asy the boxes fill in 15
  • 16. Red words are “implied”—you don’t put them in AND AND AND “______” -______NOT AND, OR, NOT + - “ ” EXACTLY 16
  • 17. NOT Wikipedia 17
  • 18. Note:you canactuallywritethis in aGooglebox andget thesameresults 18
  • 19. What was the original question? •  What do bottlenose dolphins eat? Think of synonyms for “eat” 19
  • 20. OurOur New Search new search 20
  • 21. 28,200,000 – 128,000 = 28,072,000 FEWER HITS But still too many!More results, more focused 21
  • 22. Further refine your resultsby choosing a domain . . . .com commercial sites .org organizations .edu educational sites .gov government sites .net computer network .mil militaryNote: a ~ in the URL indicates a personal page, so take heed 22
  • 23. Speaking of Domains…URL Uniform Resource Locator   The web address which connects you to a website   It may give you information before you see the site—can you tell anything about this URL? 23
  • 24. Narrowing with domain selection Select a domain to further narrow search 24
  • 25. Our Final Search… Now we are down to 2,370 educational sites that will have information about what bottlenose dolphins eat 25
  • 26. Results #1 26
  • 27. Result #2 27
  • 28. Result #3 28
  • 29. Result #4 29
  • 30. We had 4 authoritative appropriate useful websites on the first page While we had two good results with earlier searches,We did not have enough to compare and verify the information… Now we do 30
  • 31. “Good enough” is not the same as “good.” 31
  • 32. Recap•  Eliminate the “s”•  Use Boolean logic to narrow the topic•  Use the Advanced Search feature•  Choose keywords to include & exclude•  Select a domain 32
  • 33. Tips when Google Searching•  Search is always case insensitive•  Generally, punctuation is ignored, including @#$%^&*()=+[] and other special characters. •  Keep it simple.•  As few terms as possible 33
  • 34. New Google Search String In the Google search box:filetype:pdf migration intitle:distance of "monarch butterfl*”This says that I am search for:•  A pdf type file•  About migration•  In the title has to be the word distant•  It needs to have the exact phrase monarch butterfly or monarch butterflies 34
  • 35. A search for… 35
  • 36. PowerPoint Presentations 36
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  • 38. Another specific search Add Region, Domain, Language, Date, Site (, 38
  • 39. Results II needed good information originating in Afghanistan about the education of girls 39
  • 40. Recap•  Use Advanced Search for file type .ppt, .xls, .pdf•  Use the site or domain name, i.e.,,, .gov,•  Limit by date, region, language, usage rights 40
  • 41. Google ScholarYou have to know about Google Scholar! 41
  • 42. Where to find Google Scholar 42
  • 43. For example—tofind a certaintype of journalarticle aboutOCD since 2000 43
  • 44. You may not have fulltext, but you will findthe article citationinformation and beable to search insubscriptiondatabases 44
  • 45. Google More…•  For special features and searches in Google go to “more” •  and then “Even more” 45
  • 46. But kids are better than adults when they search! (you sure?) Click image 46
  • 47. Kathy Fester, Updated 2/5/2012 47
  • 48. CopyrightThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. To view a copy of this license, visit licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. 48