O. W. Holmes Junior High School

Teacher Pages

Madam Harvey--Westward Expansion

Japanese Internment Camp stations

Mrs. Broaddus

Mrs. Mowry and Ms. Nero

Lewis & Clark

Primary Sources for the Civil War

Mrs. Reeve


http://www.steinbeck.org/ (John Steinbeck Museum)


Free e-books

Roughing It by Mark Twain


Mr. Schwab

Better searching

Better Searching on google and EBSCO

Amy Labson/Holmes Junior High Library


Sites accessed:






Search strands/terms:


*use different search strands

DNA testing

“DNA testing”

DNA testing heredity

DNA testing+ethics

Ancestry vs. 23andme



1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

This one’s a well-known, simple trick: searching a phrase in quotes will yield only pages with the same words in the same order as what’s in the quotes. It’s one of the most vital s

2. Use an asterisk within quotes to specify unknown or variable words

Here’s a lesser known trick: searching a phrase in quotes with an asterisk replacing a word will search all variations of that phrase. It’s helpful if you’re trying to determine a song from its lyrics, but you couldn’t make out the entire phrase (e.g. “imagine all the * living for today”), or if you’re trying to find all forms of an expression (e.g. “* is thicker than water”).

3. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words

You’ll want to eliminate results with certain words if you’re trying to search for a term that’s generating a lot of results that aren’t of interest to you. Figure out what terms you’re not interested in (e.g. jaguar -car) and re-run the search.

4. Search websites for keywords

Think of the “site:” function as a Google search that searches only a particular website. If you want to see every time TIME.com mentioned Google, use the search “Google site:TIME.com”.

5. Search news archives going back to the mid-1880s

Google News has an option to search over 100 years’ worth of archived news from newspapers around the world.

6. Use “DEFINE:” to learn the meaning of words—slang included

Streamline the dictionary process by using, for example, “DEFINE: mortgage.” For words that appear in the dictionary, you’ll be able to see etymology and a graph of its use over time alongside the definition. Google will even sift the web to define slang words or acronyms. Try out “DEFINE: BAE” or “DEFINE: SMH”.


*use left hand limiters to narrow search


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