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September 30, 2006

Search Tips (1) - Make Google Work for YOU

Have you heard anyone say, “Just Google it?” As strange as it might sound, Google – the ever-popular search engine – has been so popular in recent years, that the word “Google” has actually been recognized as a verb in recent years. While many are attracted to the site because of its simplistic features, there are many features in the site that can make your life easier.

Did you ever get frustrated when Google gives 500,000 websites for your search? Well, here’s a solution that I’ve used to filter out a lot of irrelevant site.

Google offers many different “categories” of search that you can select to only gather information that you want, based on your needs. For example, let’s say I’m doing a research for a Political Science course, and the professor is strict about the use of “scholarly articles.” Going through every website and checking to see if it is indeed “scholarly” can be a daunting task (I’ve been there!). What do you do about it?

  1. Go to Google Website (www.Google.com).
  2. Click on “More” (which is above the search bar towards the right end). Five categories – Books, Froogle, Groups, Scholar, Even More – will appear.
  3. Click on “Scholar”
  4. This will take you to the Google Scholar Website. It should look something like this:

    Google Scholar

    *Alternatively, you could simply click here to go to Google Scholar!

  5. Type in what you want in the search box, and your search will only bring up scholarly articles.
  6. The results will not only show the titles of the articles, but also show the following useful information:

Google Scholar is just one of the many features you can use to make your search easier and enjoyable. For example, when searching for IT News, simply go to Google News. The great thing about this site is that the article line up in the order of relevance or date. This feature, effectively, allows you to browse through a multitude of newspapers in a click of a mouse. For example, if you want the latest on the HP Scandal, Google News will bring up the most recent articles from sources including USA Today, ABC News, and local newspapers.

Life just gets that much easier with the rise of information technology. Enjoy Googling!

Posted by willmoon at September 30, 2006 11:07 PM


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