Library to Teach Tricks with Google Workshop

Google searches can yield an extensive amount of information in response to user queries, but there are ways to keep from getting lost in the avalanche of links.

Rosalind Alexander, a reference librarian at the Central campus library, will host a workshop March 23 offering a few tricks to help users navigate Google and other searchable sources. Alexander said she hopes to “encourage student success” by teaching them how to use and organize the search engine’s available resources.

The workshop will showcase several tools including Google Scholar, an instrument that helps students find scholarly articles for use with research papers. Also, Alexander will explain the use of Google Maps, as well as ways to narrow search results in Google and other online databases.

“Many people think they know all there is to know about Google because they use the Basic Search all the time,” Alexander said.

This is the last in a series of workshops hosted by the library. Alexander said she wanted a relatable idea to share with students and “started off thinking about how (I) used the various Google tools for work and play.” In the end, she developed the Google Tricks presentation.

The Google Tricks Workshop will take place 12 p.m. March 30 in the Lee Davis Library on the Central campus (C21).