Google Tip 2

Research Hint: Google tip


“Use search terms the way you’d like to see them on a Web site. But think of how the author would phrase it.”

keyword umbrella

Would they use American spellings? Or more technical terms? Think about what people would say and how they would say it to find alternatives.

So if you can’t find what you want with your first keyword(s) think about common terms and phrases and try again.

“Stay on topic and keep it simple.” Barseghian 2011


Bibliography Barseghian, Tina. (2011). 12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy. Available: Last accessed 06/11/2011. Google Inc.2011. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved6 September 2011, from all/comptons/article-301005

A-Z of internet tools and techniques: Letter A

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing an A-Z of tools and techniques which you can use to get the most out of the Internet.

Starting with the letter A! (Where else?)

A = Audacity

This is a free open source sound recorder and editor with which you can easily create and edit audio files. I use it when adding a clip of music or chatter to an MRC Podcast.

You could use it to present your work in an audio way rather than more word based documents. Or you could record yourself or add sounds/music to your presentations.

It is simple to use – have a look and if you need any help just pop to the MRC and we’ll do our best.

Audacity image


Scott, Elspeth. (2009). All kinds of e-verything. School Librarian. 57

Happy 13th Birthday Google

The original Google homepage first appeared in November 1998. So it looks like Google is here to stay, having been around and developing for 13 blog

There are other search engines but Google has managed to become a household name across the world. About 70 percent of all online searching goes through Google.

The name Google was derived from a misspelling of the word googol, a mathematical term for the number onegoogol followed by 100 zeroes.

I google, you google, we google.

The word Google was officially recognised as a verb in 2001.

Merriam-Webster defines Google as “to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web”.

Research Hint: Google tip 1


“A deceptively simple tool, the Control F allows you to immediately find the word you’re looking for on a page. After you’ve typed in your search, you can jump directly to the word or phrase in the search list. 90 percent of Internet users don’t know this, and spend valuable time scrolling through pages of information trying to find their key word.” Barseghian 2011


Barseghian, Tina. (2011). 12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy. Available: Last accessed 06/11/2011.

Google Inc.2011. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Retrieved6 September 2011, from all/comptons/article-301005

Bibliography Creator

Accurate refencing is a key part of research, and Bibliography Creator is one example of web tools availbale to you to help you create a bibliography. It uses the Harvard style of referencing.

Simply choose a type of reference from the list below and then add all the data into the boxes. Once completed you can copy and paste the refernce into your bibliography – remembering to list these alphabetically.

Referencing a Bookdata entry form                                                                       

Referencing a Chapter of a Book

Referencing a Journal Article

Referencing a Website

Referencing an e-mail


Remember you can use the MRC Resources Found Guide to help you record what you use as you use it – and this guide can be filled in on your computer or printed out for you to use.


Yr 9 BTEC Science

I’m popping into Year 9 BTEC Science lessons this week to advise them how to research more quickly and find the best, most reliable sources of information. Freeing them up to do the things they want to do!

We’ve been looking at the pitfalls of relying on Wikipedia (unreliable, who created the information and having to check the information in more reliable sources).

The inefficiencies of Search Engines like Google – which roughly only searches 3% of the information available on the web – and still brings you a hit list of thousands of articles, that no one has the time or the willpower to read through.

Screenshot of the Oliver Homepage

Screenshot of the Oliver Homepage

Instead I reminded the students about the Oliver Homepage, Searching for keywords to find the best books and websites on our database, and showing them some of the online databases they can use courtesy of the MRC. I gave quick demonstrations of Britannica Online; NewsBank; InfoTrac and Clipbank; plus I pointed out the guides to referencing and bibliographies.

They spent the rest of the lesson researching topics like electromagnetic spectrum and BP Oil Spills and were able to find videos and newspaper articles as well as books and websites. Cool.

Let’s hope they remember the next time they are set some research based work.

Creative Commons – A quick guide to using images ethically

We all know how tempting it is when we are in a hurry to quickly copy and paste pictures from the web straight into our work.

But have you ever thought about who actually owns those picture….

There are ways of sharing your own pictures (and protecting them) as well as finding pictures that the owners actually want to share.

This is called Creative Commons, take a quick look at the slideshow below.

Quick links to Creative Commons own search, Flickr’s Creative Commons Advanced Search and Google’s Advanced Image Search are below – why not give them a try and use images ethically (legally).

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons own Search


Creative Commons in Googles Advanced Image Search


Creative Commons found on Flickr Advanced Search

Wikipedia and Bias

Here is a very short video I put together about Wikipedia turning 10 earlier this year (2011) and how you have to read for bias.

In many cases no-one knows who puts the information onto Wikipedia as the video says it could be a professor, a mad professor or a mad man.

So if you do choose to start your research by looking at Wikipedia then do remember to check all the information in other reliable sources – like Britannica Encyclopedia – which you can gain access to via the Oliver Homepage – either through the VLE or check out the quick link on this page!