Unit 1 Activity 1 - Developing Your Search Toolbox
Google senior research scientist, Daniel Russell says “Every good searcher has a lot of tools in their toolkit…” in Lesson 3.4 - PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com The OR Operator and Double Quotes. This activity will build the search tools in your search toolbox.
View the short videos on using Google advanced limiters:
- Limit by site
- Limit by filetype
- Remove invasive results
- Or/Double quotes
- Control-F or Command-F (mac): Read Crazy: 90 Percent of People Don't Know How to Use CTRL+F by Alexis C. Madrigal and watch How to find text in a document; Control-F; CMD-F by Daniel Russell.
Test out the tools! In Google do the following:
1. Perform a site search using your school’s website to see how many times your name appears. Now try a site search on another site of interest. Perform a filetype search for a PowerPoint about national parks. Now, try a filetype search for another type of file. Note how you could utilize it to help develop classroom resources OR how you could include it in an assignment.
2. Perform a search where you remove invasive results. Note where you may find that useful.
3. Double quotes are your friend—this tool can be used in subscription e-resources also. Try searching for a phrase with and without the double quotes. Note the difference in the validity of your results.
4. Ctrl-F is used to quickly find a term or terms within a document or webpage. Test it out on a page of text. Note how you could use Ctrl-F to quickly find what you are looking for.