Lesson 2.5: Different kinds of content

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  1. Opening the left-hand panel media options
  2. Exploring the types of media in the left-hand panel
  3. Accessing tools through the menu at the top of the page
  4. Using [Google] to find tools
  5. Learning about Google Scholar

Lesson 2.3 looked at some of the different media available through Google on the web, such as Images, Videos, and News. However, Google has many other collections as well, including:

  1. Scholar (scholarly articles and legal opinions)
  2. Blogs
  3. Patents
  4. 3D objects
  5. Discussions
  6. Books
  7. Finance
  8. Flights
  9. and more....

First, look at the column on the left-hand side of the screen that says Web at the top, followed by Images and Maps. There‘s a tab here called More.

Figure: To open up the full list of media, click on the More link in the left column.

Click “More” and look under the More link to see the many kinds of information there.

For example, you can search for [cats] and find:

  1. Blog posts about homemade cat food;
  2. Forum discussions about caring for cats;
  3. Patents for cat jackets;
  4. You probably don’t want recipes for cats, though....

Another place to access other media is the black bar across the top of the screen. It gives access to several sources that are different from the ones on the left-hand panel. Click on “More” to access Google Translate, Google Mobile, Google Scholar, and others.

Please note: Google Patents is only available in English at this time. It covers both patents from the United States and from the European Union, however.

        Figure: A close up of the top of the left column.

Figure: There is a bar menu across the top of the search screen. Click on More to see many options.

Take Google Books, for example, which you can access on the left and also from the top black bar. Try a Google search for [dogs] over the Google Books corpus. There are roughly 28 million Books results that contain the word dog.

With all the different media available, it can be difficult to remember how to find each of these collections. One strategy for finding a collection that you think is out there is to use [Google] as a search term like this: [google patents]. When you do this as a general web search, the first link is directly to Google Patents. You can also use Google in combination with other terms, such as [google 3d models]. While not the name of a product, the pages for the product you want do include the word Google. With that search you will discover 3D Warehouse, a collection of 3-dimensional models of buildings, such as Latin churches, that you can download to your machine.

One part of Google we often access by searching is [Google Scholar]. Google Scholar is a large repository for various kinds of scholarly information.

Figure: Results for a Scholar search for [cat disease].

An initial search in Google Scholar will tend to bring back results that are books and articles from scholarly journals. If you look at the left-hand panel, however, you will see that you can click on Legal documents to view legal opinions from the U.S. courts. You can click through and read the opinions that were issued for classic cases, such as Marbury vs. Madison.

Figure: Legal search results for [Marbury v Madison].


Please note: Legal search is currently only in English. You can search it through Google.com or switch your input language to English (but remember to switch it back, later). Caselaw is of interest primarily in former British colonies, which inhereted the British common law system. Currently, only US legal opinions are included in Google Scholar.

Google helps you access many different kinds of content, from Videos to Discussion to Flights to Maps. Think about how to explore all these different spaces; figure out their possibilities.

Try this on the next activity and see what you can find.      

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