Googling Informed

Google Searching – better informed

(After using Module 1 ‘how-to’ Information)

Firstly, it was essential to consider the many search terms that might link back to the focus area of my ILA, so with international destinations in mind I created the following inquiry map.

Mind Map of Inquiry Terms



This is how the initial search string grew during the searching process.

  1. inquiry learning primary school geography                                      
    (3 million hits)
  2. “inquiry learning” AND “primary school” AND geography                  
    (140 000 hits)
  3. “inquiry learning” AND “primary school” AND geography NOT science
    (133 000 hits)
  4. (“inquiry learning” OR “inquiry based learning” OR “guided inquiry”) AND                  (“primary school” OR elementary) AND geography NOT science
    (604 000 hits)

By using OR, AND, NOT to shape the search, and a combination of double quotation marks to pinpoint exact phrase searching and the prioritising of the bracketed content, I had some success. For searches 1-3, the results decreased due to the narrowing techniques applied, whereas search 4 expanded with the use of ‘elementary’, and more informative links appeared on the first two pages of the results. At a glance, there were hits from – Australian Curriculum v7.0, ACARA, AGTA QUT ePrints, and authors such as Mandy Lupton and Carol Kuhlthau, however most of these links were not specific enough to the ILA focus. Watch the screencast below to see the drama unfold.

Another feature I discovered during this process was within the filter options of ‘Search tools’, located just below the search bar. During a search, you can look for material of a certain reading level. Displayed below, you can see the reading level and percentage of the majority of articles connected to a simple inquiry based learning search. It makes sense that there are not many results for basic readers, as they are not the target audience for this topic. However, as a teacher-librarian guiding students through searching skills, I would encourage them to apply this filter, just to see what awaits them.

'Inquiry based learning' Reading Level Filter

‘Inquiry based learning’ Reading Level Filter


This discovery leads me to consider the impact that the development of researching skills can have on a students’ learning, especially in this current climate of digital nativity.


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