Someone really smart once said (it was not me) that, "searching on the internet is like looking for a needle in a pile of needles." Well said. Most users make this process even harder when they use the "Simple Search" function of Google (or other search engines.) NEVER DO THAT!
Students of any age will find their research process is shortened significantly when using a search engine that is specific to their study subject (maybe you could use: Explora?) but if you use Google you should know you will shorten your task of "finding" instead of "searching" by using Google Advanced Search.
Bookmark it! Use it! Swear you will NEVER use the Simple search AGAIN!
You should experiment and learn how to use it, ask your teachers or the Instructional Technologist if you would like to learn more:
From Google's Own Help Article, a "how-to":
Narrow down search results for complex searches by using the Advanced Search page. For example, you can find sites updated in the last 24 hours or images that are in black and white.
Do an Advanced Search
- Go to the Advanced Search page.
- In the "Find pages with" section, enter your search terms.
- In the "Then narrow your results by" section, choose the filters you want to use. You can use one or more filters.
- Click Advanced Search.
Advanced Search filters you can use
- Last updated date
- Site or domain
- Where the search terms appear on the page
- Reading level
- File type
- Usage rights (find pages that you have permission to use)
- Aspect ratio
- Type (face, animated, etc.)
- Site or domain
- Usage rights (find images that you have permission to use)
Google has lots of little articles that help learn to use their tools for "wiser" users. Head there if you want more!