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What is Pinterest?

…and how does it apply to me? Pinterest.com launched in March of 2010 but really gained popularity in 2011. This free website allows you to browse images and save them into groups that you’ve organized. Pinterest makes it easy for … Read

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How to do online research with Google

The web is a pretty big place. Google does a pretty good job of indexing it, but many students don’t know how to use it. I’d posit that many of their teachers don’t, either. Believe it not, you can actually … Read

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Demonstration: Find similar images with Google Image Search

We get a lot of requests for ways to find good images online. One great tool is Google Image Search. You’ve perhaps used this to find images by keyword, but did you know you can also use it to find … Read

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Use quotes instead of a plus to require search terms in Google

I’ve shared in the past some of the ways to tweak your Google search results, but Google has recently tweaked one of those tweaks. Here’s what’s new: Instead of prepending a term with a plus (+) to require it, you’ll … Read

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5 fun ways to use Wolfram|Alpha for research

It’s been awhile since I talked about Wolfram|Alpha, the “computational knowledge engine” from the masterminds behind robust calculation tools like Mathematica. After going to the site the other evening to try to figure out why my electric bill was higher … Read

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Sort your Google Image Searches by subject

This is handy: If you use Google Image Search to find pictures to include in presentations or instruction, a new feature upgrade will help you reduce the duplication that heretofore has been common with most searches. It’s not enabled in … Read

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Learn about current events through word clouds on Infomous

Infomous is a new online service that puts a new spin on keeping up with the day’s current events. Infomous presents topics in a familiar word cloud format, but what’s new about it is how it lets you interact with … Read

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Site-specific searches in Google

What do you do when a website’s built-in search engine doesn’t help you find something that you know is there? Or if the site doesn’t even have a search option? A few weeks ago, I mentioned five tricks to Google … Read

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5 more ways to save time with Google (or Bing, or DuckDuckGo)

Last year I shared tips on how to use Google to track flights, the weather, the time, and more. Here are five more ways to use Google to get information quickly, including two power tool-type tricks for narrowing results and … Read

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Facebook, public data and your privacy

Recently I’ve seen another round of concerned Facebook postings about a service called Spokeo. Spokeo is a modern take on the old-fashioned phone book, but instead of just your name, address, and number, it might show photos of you, your … Read

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