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Teaching with Google Scholar

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If you're a teacher in a state that has already

Teaching with Google Scholar

If you're a teacher in a state that has already adopted the common core state standards, and if you're in the implementation phase, then you already know that there's an increased emphasis on using informational text and students using research in their writing. Google has a built-in feature called Google Scholar that will allow our students to become familiar with basic Boolean searches and to give them access to scholarly articles that they can use in their writing. To access Google Scholar, we're going to click on More from the drop-down menu. We're going to come to the very bottom of the list and click Even more. Here we have the total list of applications that are available to us as users of Google Apps for Education.

As we scroll down this page, we're eventually going to come to something called Specialized Search. These are different ways that you can search the Internet using predefined parameters and filters. Under Specialized Search, we're going to click on Scholar. So here we've officially accessed Google Scholar. What we're now able to do is to type in basic information to search for scholarly articles. These can be anything from journal articles, conference papers, and even newspaper articles that are relevant to the topics we're looking for. What we're not going to find is a bunch of videos and a bunch of websites that might not be appropriate to our particular search. The other thing Google Scholar offers us is that ability for students to exploratorically learn about Boolean searches.

So for example, if I'm a student, and I want to look for an article, I'm going to start by using the drop-down menu for an Advanced Scholarly Search. Here, I can go ahead and search for articles that contain either all of the words, or exact phrases, or at least one of the words, or that omits certain words. That way, I can narrow my search into exactly what I want. So, maybe I'd like to search for surgery articles but I don't want anything on heart surgery, so I can go ahead and search for the exact words of surgery. But I'm going to go ahead and omit the words heart. I can also select where those words occur at, whether they're anywhere in the article or only in the title.

I'm going to go ahead and leave it set to anywhere in the article, and I'm going to click Search. You'll notice at the top of the screen, I now have some basic Boolean search coming up. I can see the the word surgery's been searched for. I have a dash showing that I'm omitting the word heart. Directly below that, I also have a variety of articles. One thing that I really love to do as an assignment is have students go in and play around with the Boolean search features. They have to use the advanced menu to type in different types of phrases and searches, and then look at the notations that come out at the top of the screen, and try to use inductive reasoning to figure out exactly how a Boolean search works.

This is a great way to bring exploratory learning. Into the English classroom. So I highly recommend that you become familiar with how Google Scholar works, and take the time to train your students on it. This is going to allow our students to learn about Boolean searches, and even though Google Scholar is free, and it may not be the most extensive database out there, when our students get to higher education and they have access to these very expensive databases. They'll be a step ahead of the rest of the students, because they'll already know how to search and find articles in an efficient manner.

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      42s
    2. Things to know before watching this course
      1m 30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 18m 22s
    1. What is Google Apps for Education?
      54s
    2. Setting up Google Apps
      4m 27s
    3. Verifying your domain name
      2m 40s
    4. Adding users
      5m 30s
    5. Customizing Google Apps
      4m 51s
  3. 26m 11s
    1. Configuring Gmail
      7m 37s
    2. Gmail communication
      5m 5s
    3. Creating a school signature
      3m 56s
    4. Archiving school communication
      2m 0s
    5. Sending large attachments
      3m 5s
    6. Using common shortcuts
      4m 28s
  4. 16m 12s
    1. Collaborating with calendars
      4m 47s
    2. Adding office hours with repeating events
      4m 48s
    3. Creating event invitations
      3m 0s
    4. Managing alerts
      3m 37s
  5. 8m 8s
    1. Understanding Google Drive
      1m 44s
    2. Creating a lesson-planning workflow
      3m 21s
    3. Centralizing school documents
      3m 3s
  6. 13m 6s
    1. Understanding Google Docs
      2m 30s
    2. Collaborating with Google Docs
      3m 10s
    3. Surveying other teachers
      7m 26s
  7. 26m 2s
    1. Getting started with a collaborative planning website
      3m 6s
    2. Adding collaborators
      1m 39s
    3. Adding pages
      3m 55s
    4. Styling your website
      5m 14s
    5. Styling individual pages
      4m 49s
    6. Adding dynamic elements for user interactions
      3m 55s
    7. Publishing your website
      1m 55s
    8. Google Sites in the classroom
      1m 29s
  8. 8m 14s
    1. Adding educational apps
      3m 6s
    2. Using YouTube for education
      2m 27s
    3. Teaching with Google Scholar
      2m 41s
  9. 45s
    1. Next steps
      45s

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