The idea for this post came from Linda Lindsay’s blog MauiLibrarian2 in Olinda:
For the past week and a half, I have been participating in Power Searching with Google. In the FREE 6 on-line courses you learn how to better search in Google. I have taught children and adults how to refine their searches to get what they want. Besides reinforceing the tips that I knew, some of my favorite “take-away” tips are:
- You can view KML (Google Earth) files in Google Maps. You do not need have Google Earth installed on your computer. Why would you want to Preview in Google Maps? While it is not the same as viewing in Google Earth, by doing so, you get a quick view of the KML file so you can decide if you want to downloaded it.
- You can search Google Scholar to find legal documents, including patents.
- If you want to search within a certain website use the term site:webaddress and then search term.
For example: This would look for the term torch within olympic.org website.
- Most people are aware of the Google Translate feature, but did you know you can search within a foreign language website? Google will translate the website into English for you read.
Example: You want to read about the Olympics from an Italian prospective
1: In the search box type olympics. On the left side of the results screen, click Show Search Tools
- “Ranking is not the same as credibility.” When I teach searching, I always stress this to students. The best results might not be on the first page.
Besides these tip take-aways, I really liked the format – short tutorials and assignments that reinforced the learning. (In a time where teachers are responsible for so many “new” things, this is a great model to follow.)