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Do Your Students Know How To Search?

Google SearchTeachers expect students to know how to conduct a search and know which information is appropriate for them. But certainly this is not the case, the internet is exposed with lots of information that we have to know how to find it.

Here are some of the searching skills and vocabulary teachers should be teaching students :

1. Quotation marks: Students should always use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words.

2. Dashes or minus sign: Students should use this symbol directly before a word to help exclude unwanted information from their search.

3.  Two periods: Using this will help them find information between those two numbers.

4. Search site: Students should use this when they want to search on only one particular site.

5. Using different country codes will help them to look up for every possible news stories.

6. Filter bubbles: These filter bubbles are determined according to the past searching history. What gets filtered out of your search results is not decided by you but by the algorithms of the companies that are providing you with the results. Therefore , it is helpful to teach students how to search in the Chrome browsers incognito mode by going to File –>New Incognito Window. By this way you don’t reveal who you are to search engines and they can’t filter your results.



2 comments on “Do Your Students Know How To Search?

  1. sarah1294
    November 19, 2013

    When it comes to searching there are a lot of ways from where to get information, being from a physical library or on-line. I believe that teachers can recommend some article or papers, but should never spoon-feed students with the exact information. Looking for papers in Google scholar or else for books in Google books will surely provide you with a never ending amount of very suitable information.

    Below is a very good tutorial showing clearly how to carry out and advanced search using Google scholar. Showing similar videos to our students will surely be more then enough for them to understand how to carry out searches.

  2. Seriously Virtual
    November 19, 2013

    If you’re at the University of Malta, the library have just introduced a very good online search system called HyDi: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/hydi/
    It provides a very good search system to all online and print resources found and accessed from the Library at the University of Malta.

    I find that ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/) also has an excellent search facility for peer reviewed journals and MENDELEY (http://www.mendeley.com/) provide a really nice desktop facility where you can access all the peer reviewed articles directly from your desktop. All these are wonderful tools for searching, filtering and finding information.

    I have recently delivered a talk at a PhD Seminar on the subject of searching and finding info for the literature review process of a PhD, organized at the University of Malta by the Faculty of Education. You can feel free to access it from here: http://www.slideshare.net/vcami01/presentation-litreview

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