Google Search

  • Google Searches

    To search in Google, simply type in the words you are looking for. Let's say I'm going to England in a couple of months. When I get there, I want to go to an opera in England. I could type in:

    england operas
    (Notice that you don't need to capitalize anything in Google.)
    With this search, I get a lot of information, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I don't want a list of the operas that have been written in England. I don't want to name all of the operas playing in England right now (because those always change and I won't be going to England yet). But I do want the theaters where operas are performed because if I know about those places, I can get a list of operas anytime I want. But operas aren't always performed in theaters - a place where only operas are performed are called "opera houses." 
    So now I type into Google:
    england opera houses
    That gives me better results.
    As I was looking through some of those results, I found "opera companies" listed. Those are the groups that put on operas. So if I search for 
    england opera companies
    I come up with some more good stuff.
    An interesting thing I found when searching is that sometimes I found things that weren't in England. To force Google to use the words you want it to use, you can put each word in quotation marks " ". So to force it to use the word england, I can type this:
    "england" opera houses
    Now that narrows my search even more, with a lot better results.
    Another thing to know about searching is that the way Google searches is for the words anywhere on the page. So it is looking for the word "england" the word "opera" and the word "house" anywhere on a webpage - they don't have to be next to each other on the webpage. But I want the words "opera houses" to be right next to each other because that is what they are called. If I want to force Google to search for words next to each other, I put those words in quotation marks, like this:
    "england" "opera houses"
    I can get even more specific by typing a phrase (a phrase means several words together) like this:
         "opera houses in england"
    and Google has to find webpages that use that exact phrase.
    If I want to go to the Tower of London in England I can type in this:
    "england" "tower of london"
    Notice how those are in quotation marks? That forces Google to look for those exact phrases.

    MAKE SURE YOU SPELL EVERYTHING CORRECTLY! Google is usually pretty good about giving a suggestion if you spell it wrong, but be safe and spell it correctly.

    OK, hopefully you're getting the idea about using Google to search.
    Once you find something in Google, you have to click on the LINK to go to the site to see if there is actually usable stuff there. If there is, immediately copy the link and add it to the group document under your reason. (Hint: you should never have the word "google" in your link address you copy, if you do, you haven't gone to the website to check it out first.)

    Data Searches

    When you are searching for data (data are facts, usually in the form of numbers, often found in tables, graphs or charts, or, numbers and information that could be put into a table, graph or chart), you can increase your likelihood of finding that information by including one or more of the following words in quotations in the search :

    • data
    • statistics 
    • research

    So if you are researching for good reasons why not to wear school uniforms, you might type something like this in:

    "school uniforms" "data" statistics"

    You can also use Google Scholar that searches professional journals and articles. These things are written for adults, but they have the kind of data you would need.