Better Googling

Audio version of this post: bettergoogling

Ok, so you’ve been set a question or research topic that you need to find the answer to. Easy. Just Google it, right? Just chuck that search term into the search bar on Google and hit search. Voila! No worries. Well, not quite. When you do that you will often end up with hundreds of thousands of sites – most of which are useless, and you are still struggling to find the information you need. You can put much more defined terms in to Google, and you will get much more useful search results. Here are some pointers:

1. Make sure you are using the best key words you can think of. If you want to know what caused the global financial crisis, don’t just search ‘global financial crisis.’ Make sure you also include the word ’causes’ which will then narrow your search results to those that mention the cause of the crisis.

2. There are all sorts of things you can add to your Google search terms. Things like +, -, OR and ” ” can help you get better results.You can also make Google search just within a certain site for you, or just for a certain file type (like a pdf). You can also search websites that are similar. The following four videos take you through some great Google search techniques. Each one goes for just under 10 minutes. Rather than watch them all at once, after you watch each one, go and use at least one of the search tips talked about in the video to see how it works for you. Also, if you don’t like these videos, there are lots more on YouTube about how to search in Google that you can find by searching for ‘Google search’ or something similar to that. The reason these videos are so good is because they focus on things that are really handy for doing research, which is what we are all about at the moment.

If you would prefer to read articles about this stuff rather than watch videos, you can read these ones:

12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert

Top 10 Obscure Google Tricks

Google Search Tips (Ultimate Google Guide)

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Before watching the next video, test out one of the tips you have just learned!

Ok, so it’s one thing to have read about all these tips, or to have watched the videos, now it’s up to you to think carefully about what you want to research, and then try out some of these really helpful ways of getting better search results.

Each of my classes has something specific they have to research this week. Click on your subject link below to find out what yours is if you don’t know already:

Race Around The World

Twentieth Century History

Revolutions History

International Studies

Also, don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow for the post called ‘ Searching Without Google’

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