Using Google Books, Scholar and Newspaper Archive

These three tools may help you find more resources than just using a Google.com search!

Google Books allows you to search the full text of books. You can search, browse books online, or buy or borrow books.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature and helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Google Newspaper Archives is an extension of Google News and provides free access to scanned archives of newspapers and links to other newspaper archives on the web, both free and paid.

The three short YouTube videos below were created by Free Tech for Teachers and provide overviews on these tools. Check them out and learn some new search tricks!

Power Searching with Google

Google Inside Search has free classes on Power Searching with Google. There are six classes that include short videos and activities to do on your own.

  • Class 1 – Introduction
  • Class 2 – Interpreting results
  • Class 3 – Advanced techniques
  • Class 4 – Finding facts faster
  • Class 5 – Checking your facts
  • Class 6 – Putting it all together
There’s also a Power Searching Quick Guide to help get you started!

Work Better, Smarter, and Faster with Chrome

Chrome Icon I recently had the opportunity to attend a Google Apps Training Bootcamp. The workshop provided an overload of information, ideas, and tips and tricks for using Google, Google Apps and Chrome. There was so much to learn and share but I’ll start with Chrome. I’ve attached a Get Started With Chrome pdf but here are a few highlights.

With Chrome you can:

  • Work offline – Read and write email, view your calendar, and read Docs. Your changes are synced with your account when you are back online.
  • Access hundreds of Apps with one click – From photo editors to project management.
  • Receive desktop notifications – Calendar reminders, chats and email.
  • Search everything from one place – The omnibox (address bar) is a powerful tool! We’ll soon post a quick screen capture of some advanced searching you can do.
  • Pin and save your tabs.

Read over the pdf and give Chrome a try! Feel free to ask any questions by leaving a comment.