So far we have looked at how to conduct a basic and an advanced search as well as looking at some strategies to help your students think through the process of searching Google in a way that produces relevant results.
One of the problems I have with my students is that they just type in search terms randomly hoping for the best. The way I keep this to a minimum is that I require them to use the basic and advanced search tools first. If they are unable to find any suitable answers then we begin to use the other tools available to us.
The 3 main tools are:
- Related searches
- Reading level
These tools appear on the left hand side of the page (you might need to click on more search tools to find them)
Related search simply suggests other search terms related to your original search query. Each time you click on a related search term, all the results change and the related search terms change as well.
The related search terms that Google suggests are all terms that other people regularly use when searching on your topic so no longer do your students need to randomly search for ideas, they can simply search Google for terms that are popular with other users.