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Google is best known as an Internet search engine. Here are some tools to help students improve their Internet search experiences.

Google is best known as an Internet search engine. Here are some search tools your students should use to improve their Internet search experiences.

Google Search Tools

Google Search Tools

Related Search

Related search is probably the most obvious search altering option offered by Google, but because the related search terms are usually buried at the bottom of the page, students often don’t click on the options.

A lot of students when given an open-ended research assignment struggle to pick the right terms to enter into a search. Often once they’ve entered a set of terms, they’re unhappy with the results. Direct them to try the related search terms that are automatically generated by Google.

A small tweak in the choice of search terms, particularly a tweet of operator words, can yield significantly different results. Each time students tweaks their search terms, new related search terms appear.

Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel is not as easy to find as the “related search” option on Google. To locate Wonder Wheel, click the “more options” link that appears at the top of any list of Google results. Wonder Wheel is then found in the list on the left side of the page.

Wonder Wheel takes the concept of web and applies it to search refinement. Enter any search term in Wonder Wheel and that term will appear in the center of the web. Each branch of the web contains a related search term. Click one of those terms and a new web will be generated and linked to the original web. It’s a good way for student to learn about connections between terms.

You can see a video of Wonder Wheel in action by clicking here.

Or visit http://freetech4teachers.com/

2009/05/google-wonder-wheel-in- action.html

Timeline

Google’s Timeline option allows users to refine their searches by the dates referenced in the online materials. Timeline displays a chart on which users can click to find materials referencing a particular date or range of dates.

Timeline is particularly useful for history students.

Timeline also offers an option for refining search results by the date on which something was posted online. Users can specify that they want results only from the last day, week, month, year, or they can specify a particular date or range of dates. Click the “show options” link after entering your search terms, to find this option.

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