Showing posts with label search refinement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label search refinement. Show all posts

Monday, May 4, 2020

Three Search Refinement Tools Every Student Should Know How to Use

Search is something that everyone knows how to do as an act of typing or speaking a query. Unfortunately, too many students never get beyond the first few pages of Google search results before changing their search terms or giving up and declaring "Google has nothing on this!" Oftentimes just using a couple of search refinement tools can show students new results that they otherwise would not see.

In the following video I demonstrate and explain why students should know how to refine search results by file type, by date, and by domain.


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Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Good Way to Refine YouTube Search Results

When you search on YouTube the results will be a mix of current videos along with videos that could be many years old and no longer relevant to the topic you're researching. There is a quick and easy way to filter the results to show just recently published videos. I demonstrate how to do that in the video embedded below.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Surf Canyon Real-time Personalized Search

Surf Canyon is an interesting search engine service designed to help you alter and refine your search results. Here's how it works, when you search on Surf Canyon a small "target" icon is placed next to each link in your search results. Clicking the target re-sorts the results based on relevance to the link you select. Surf Canyon draws results from Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Surf Canyon also has an element of Google Instant that alters your search results each time you touch a key on your keyboard.

If you don't want to go to Surf Canyon to search you can use their browser add-on. Surf Canyon's browser add-on works for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

Here's a short video about Surf Canyon.


Applications for Education
Surf Canyon could be useful for students who need a little help in refining their searches to find the information that is most relevant to their online research.