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’

IMF, WTO, WB and Multinationals

Watch these videos and then answer the questions that follow each one. It is a good idea to take notes as you watch these videos – not too much detail, just a few keywords so that you can remember statements and main points.

PART 1 – Globalisation

  • For 30 seconds after watching these videos, write down your thoughts – just single words and questions about what you have just watched.
  • What did you think of the explanations for globalisation that were given in the video? Did they help explain globalisation to you? Were they missing anything? If so, what? How would you improve their explanations? What was the best explanation in the video? What was the worst?
  • In his video, Noam Chomsky says that we are all for globalisation. How does he qualify this statement?
PART 2 – The IMF, WTO and World Bank

  • You have 30 seconds to write your ‘stream of consciousness’ about what you have just watched.
  • As a group, discuss what you watched – ask each other questions if there was something you didn’t understand etc – and then come up with a statement about globalisation and one (or more) of its institutions that you will argue for or against. Prepare a short argument and be ready to share it with the class.
PART 3 – Multinationals


  • What is a multinational corporation? 

The following activity is taken from the Power and International Politics Textbook:

  • Choose a multinational corporation from the following:
AOL, BP, Coca-Cola, Dell, Walt Disney Company, Enron, Exxon Fiat, General Motors, Halliburton, Hearst Corporation, Honda, HSBC, IBM, Jardine Matheson, Kyocera, McDonald;s, Microsoft, Nestle, Nike, Nintendo, Nissan, Nortel Networks, Nokia, Monsanto, Parmalat, Shell, Schlumberger, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Wal-Mart
  1. Research your chosen organisation on the internet. Here is a good place to start. Make sure you look up the website of each multinational.
  2. Complete the following questions about your chosen corporation:
Name of Company:
Where is it’s home base?
In how many countries does it operate?
What do the main operations consist of?
What are the main points in its mission statement or statement of things it wants to achieve?
What were its profits in 2007 or 2008?
How many people does it employ and in how many countries?
Has it been involved in anything controversial? If so, what?
Has it been targeted by protesters? If so, why?
What are the major challenges faced by the company?
  • Bring this information to class with you as we will be putting it all together to get a bigger picture of what multinational corporations are doing.

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