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Digital Literacy Online (62-130, 26-105)

Choose a research topic you've heard discussed on the radio, news, newspaper, webpage, social media, etc.  You will complete activities and assignments using this topic throughout this tutorial. Places to locate current topics:


  1. Watch video "Basic Searching in Google"

  2. Search Google for information on your research topic        
  3. Browse through the "searches related to," "people also ask," and/or "top stories" sections
  4. Make a list of keywords and synonyms relating to your current event topic 

Return to top and click "B. Advanced Search" tab

  • Have you ever used Google Advanced Search? 



  • Once a word is used, do not use it again in another box
  • If a phrase is not in the "this exact word or phrase" box, enclose in quotation marks - "first amendment"
  • Only place one phrase in "This exact word or phrase" box
  • Phrases shouldn't be more than 2-3 words

[ Google advanced search example ]

Searches can also be limited by language, domain (edu), where terms appear on page results, etc.

[ Narrowing Using Google Advanced ]


Return to top and click "C. Search" tab

Important Knowledge:  

  • No need to repeat any keywords or phrases in multiple boxes
  • Phrases are 2-3 words 
  • This exact word or phrase box is programmed to search one phrase only, in the order entered and side-by-side (no need for quotation marks around the phrase, like in other boxes)


Enter keywords (using some of the words you listed in tab "A: Keyword generation") in Google Advanced Search


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