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ERIC Number: EJ793536
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
Start Your Search Engines. Part One: Taming Google--and Other Tips to Master Web Searches
Adam, Anna; Mowers, Helen
School Library Journal, v54 n4 p44-46 Apr 2008
There are a lot of useful tools on the Web, all those social applications, and the like. Still most people go online for one thing--to perform a basic search. For most fact-finding missions, the Web is there. But--as media specialists well know--the sheer wealth of online information can hamper efforts to focus on a few reliable references. Daunting enough for adults, how can educators help their students find the right answers? There is Google, for starters. The search giant answers all questions--and then some. To tame Google results and create the most effective search, it pays to know some handy tips. To begin, educators should use the SafeSearch preference in Google, which will exclude explicit sexual content from any search results. It is not fail safe, but it is a start. There is so much more to cover on searching--how to locate images, search for people, and work with maps and custom search engines. The trick is finding the right search tool for a given purpose, while also accommodating individual users' style and taste. As with paper resources, it is important for educators to expose their students to what is out there and learn themselves how to use the right tool for the job. Brief descriptions of other search engines, such as,,,,,, and, are also provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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