Google is a popular search engine that provides relevant websites and sources based on keyword searches. Google offers a wide array of tools that can moderate the reading level of search results, search through books and scholarly sources, find images or videos, and filter results to ensure only appropriate content is provided. Using the search engine requires only basic reading and writing skills, but it does access the open Internet, so it is only recommended to ages 8 and up with close parental supervision.
Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
Before beginning a search, it is useful to refine the terms using Google's built-in parameters. For example, specific quotes, phrases or passages can be searched for by wrapping text in quotation marks, and results can be narrowed down to exclude specific websites or phrases. Users can even tell Google to retrieve results only from within a specific website. By setting the terms of their search using these parameters, users can refine their results so the information retrieved is tailored to their needs.
Also, Google features multiple search categories, including News, Images, Videos, Shopping, and more. Students may find the Google Scholar of particular use, as it enables users to search out sholarly papers -- perfect for compiling resources for a research paper.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Many times, users first search terms won't bring back the intended results. This means users will have to brainstorm alternative search terms likely to return more relevant results. This require a level of Flexibility, as users can put the tools listed above to use as they experiment with different phrasing and keywords. Also, it is equally important to recognize when certain keywords are not working. Flexibility can also help users explore different sources, which can help them to determine which ones are most reliable and which sources tend to biased or inaccurate.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. Ignoring external distractions.
Using a search engine can provide an overwhelming amount of information. Users need to focus on only what is relevant to their goal and be persistent enough to follow through until they find what they are looking for. It can be easy to become distracted while browsing the web, so users need to remain attentive to the current task at hand, only following links relevant to the topics for which they are searching.
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