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Research on the Free Web Tutorial: 2. Google

Learning Outcomes

At the end of Module #2, students will be able to:

  • Effectively search and interpret results in a variety of Google search tools.
  • Evaluate web sites for academic work.
  • Begin to understand the influence of Google on the web world.
  • Understand some of the limitations of Google.

The one, the only...

It's so well-known that it became a verb by 2000, only a few short years after it was founded in 1998.  We all turn to Google whenever we need to find something.  It's an extremely useful and powerful tool.  But what do you know about it?

  • Do you know how to interpret search results or are you depending on Google to do it for you?
  • Do you know anything about the company?  Should you?
  • Google’s mission is to "organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."  Sounds good.  Is it?

In this module you'll discover new things you should be aware of when using your favorite "go-to" tool; both search tactics and background knowledge about the company.


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