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Discover how to use Google Apps to become more productive in class and after school. In this course, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows students how to work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive to communicate and collaborate with classmates, become more organized, and save time. Learn how to manage school and personal email, back up your assignments, create a class website, and connect with others on Google+. Teachers can also use this course to get tips to help their students succeed inside and outside the classroom.
As start using the various Google search engines to find information quickly for your classes. In addition to using Boolean strings you can also use the advanced Google search functions. To access the advanced scholar search features I'm going to go ahead and click on the drop down arrow inside of the search bar. Here I have a variety of options that I can add to my search. For example, the first search field, anything I type in here, it's going to look for an article with all of those words. It's the same effect of typing the word and or putting a plus sign between words in a Boolean search. I can also look for exact phrases.
This is the same thing as using quotation marks or string literal in a Boolean search. I can also look for articles that contain at least one of the words. This is the same thing as using or in the Boolean search, and I can look for articles that don't contain a word. Or the same thing as using the minus sign or the and not function inside of a Boolean search. That way, in case you forgot your Boolean search strings, you can quickly pull up the advanced features. A few other nice tips is that you can search anywhere in the article or only in the title. Now my own experience as writing papers, as well as reading papers as an educator, I'll tell you right now that sometimes the titles of articles are misleading.
I highly recommend you always leave it set to anywhere in the article, if you are going to cite this paper for research. Let's go ahead and use the advanced features for a search. Let's say that I have a French class, and I'm going to write a history paper on France, and World War Two. I might actually search for, World War Two. And France. However, sometimes World War Two is actually written out. So I'm going to use the exact phrase of World War Two, in addition to searching for all the words of WW2 in France. And maybe I don't want to include information where France was fighting with England.
So I'm going to go ahead and exclude the word England from anything in my search. I'm going to search anywhere in the article. And because I don't know any particular authors or publications that would have written about this, I'm going to go ahead and leave these last fields blank. Let's go and click the Search button. So you can that the Boolean search was automatically put together for us by Google. In the top navigation I can that it searched for World War Two in France, the string literal of World War Two, and the minus sign showing me that it's excluding the word England. So now as I look through these results, I'll find things that are more specific to the exact search that I'm trying to perform.
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