Let’s face it: Google is an academic resource. We all use it – students, researchers, and yes, even us librarians. I unashamedly include “Google literacy” in my library instruction – teaching students how to be better Googlers, how to link to the library from Google Scholar, and how to evaluate the sources they find on Google.
How good a Googler are you? Did you know that you can use Google to:
- convert currencies: 20 USD in euros
- convert measurements: 10.5 cm in inches
- get real-time stock quotes: stocks goog
- get census data: population boston
- do math: 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3=
- define a word: define ubiquitous
- check the weather: weather middlebury vt
- check flights: american airlines 18
- check movie times: movies 03833
- get sports scores: boston celtics
- and more
Want to improve your Google skills? Or incorporate Google literacy into your library instruction classes? Here are some useful resources:
- learn how to use boolean operators such as “”, -, ~, .., to devise more precise queries.
- learn to limit searches by reading level, domain, file type, date, and more.
- detailed lesson plans for teaching information literacy to high school students – but also appropriate for undergraduates.
- ready-to-use video tutorials and presentations designed for classroom use.
- topics include: how to identify keywords, how to understand search results, how to narrow search results, and how to evaluate sources.
- keep your Google skills sharp with these fun interactive Google challenges.
- if you have a Google+ account you can play against your friends.
- attend a live class or check out the archived videos. Easily embeddable YouTube format.
5) Google literacy LibGuides – here are some good ones:
How to Google like a Librarian – from my colleague Brooke Gilmore
Google tips and tricks – from University of Rhode Island – nice examples using real Google searches.
Google: Basic Search Strategies – from Princeton – includes an excellent concise list of all the different search techniques.
Using Google better – from Mount Ida College.
Google like a pro – from Rhode Island College.
Google Scholar tips and tutorials – from Washington State University – nice overview of Scholar.