With almost 30 percent of the human population, or 2 billion people, using the internet, and 94 percent of US students equating research with using Google or other search engines, it comes as no surprise that 75 percent of students use Wikipedia and online encyclopedias for research. The How Google Has Changed Research for Grad Students Infographic shows the dominance of Google Research tools especially for Grad Students.
Google Research tools
- Google Scholar (www.scholar.google.com) : for search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.
- Google App Engine: Google funds projects that create tools, applications and curriculum that can be used by other educators in their own teaching environments.
- Google Book Search: (www.books.google.com) Search the latest index of the world’s books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.
- YouTube EDU: Resources for learning, from English lessons to real-life math.
- Chrome’s FlashCards extension: to learn languages faster, prep for exams
- Google Earth: with thousands of aerial and satellite photos, dozens of layers of information: city names, country borders, airport locations, road maps.
- Google Play: has millions of FREE books readily available