Did you know:
Always wondered why wikipedia comes up first in your Google search? Did you think it was because it is the most frequently used? Not so! The top websites that come up in a Google search are determined by how many other sites link to that website. The idea behind this is that the more often a website is cited by other websites the more reliable it is! Thousands of websites have links to Wikipedia, so it is always the first to come up on your search!
Quick tip: Ever struggle working on Google Drive on your iPad. Bring up Google Drive. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. In small blue letters it says “desktop”. Click that word and the screen changes to look just like Google Drive on your computer!
Research while writing in a Google Doc. When making a document on Google Drive click Tools. Click Research. This brings up a search bar on the right side of the screen. If you click on the search bar you can search by criteria. If you want to insert something from the search, just drag it into your document. The coolest part is that google automatically cites the source and creates a footer with the information! You can even choose MLA or APA formatting! If you click in the search bar you can also search images and websites that are free to copy and share!
Google Search Tools: (Underneath the Google search bar it says Search Tools. It also says Web, Images, Maps, News, Shopping, etc. on the same line.)
Have you ever used the search tools on google? Here are a few cool things it can do:
Tip #1: Search by reading level. Click search tools. Click All Results. Click Reading Level. Basic is for elementary and middle school. Intermediate is for most people including high school students. Advanced gives you more scholarly articles.
Tip #2: Search by date. Click Search Tools. Click any time. You can search articles posted recently or custom range to search for a specific time period. Google will only give you results for the time you specify. A good way to get up to date information, or perspectives from history!
Tip #3: Search for Newspaper articles. Google has scanned thousands of old newspapers and you can access them with a search. Search your topic. Click News. Click Search Tools. Click Any Time. Set Custom Range for the date of newspaper you want. All search results are from old newspapers.
Post Written by Kim Ross, W-SR High School, Science