Google Series – Part 1: Wonder wheel

May 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Education | Leave a comment
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I’m going to start my series on Google looking at one of their new search features. This new feature is called Wonder wheel.

If you do a general search using Google for the topic “Birds” you will get a list of websites (as you would expect). But perhaps you want to be a bit more specific in your search. To do this you could use an advanced search, or you could use Wonder wheel.

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The Wonder wheel option can be found in the new left sidebar. Click on this and a ‘mind map’ style picture will come up with options that are related to your search topic.wonder_wheel_2

Your search option will be found in the centre of the wonder wheel with links around it that you can click to refine your search. By clicking on one of the links it will expand the wonder wheel.

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On the right hand side of the page, the websites found for the search will change according to the links you choose in the wonder wheel.

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Wonder wheel could be a great tool for helping students in their research. It would be great for helping them to refine topics/questions before they begin their research. Try it out – it is very easy to use!

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