In Praise of Sweetsearch

I have written in an earlier blog about how I did a search on 9/11 and the terrible events of that day on Google and also on Sweetsearch (see my post: Two Searches on 9/11 ).

I stated then that I found the Google search rather controversial in its main three links as against the excellent links to the Library of Congress and other sites that the Finding Dulcinea organisation, that runs Sweetsearch, had validated before they put up their search list.

Recently I did some more searches on Sweetsearch and found that they have changed their site to include the “Yolink” program which they work with. For those of you who do not know about Yolink, it is a powerful means of being able to see more extensive searches and allows students to search for key words or phrases in texts which come from searches. For more information I did a Sweetsearch on Yolink and came up with the following:

All search results pages on Sweetsearch are now automatically enhanced by Yolink.

Together Sweetsearch and Yolink utterly transform Web research for students

SweetSearch, enhanced by Yolink, enables students to review a long list of vetted links relevant to their task, and then save those results to a Google Doc (with the link included), EasyBib’s citation generator, or social bookmarking services.

I find this new way of searching powerful and most importantly, Finding Dulcinea have validated the information which Google does not.

I believe that this is a powerful means for children to get information, one that teachers can rely on because it will not mislead or misinform or involve aspects of a subject that express opinion clothed as fact.

I am aware that Google has entered our vocabulary as a verb and just a few hours ago, at a course I intended, I heard mature Consultants saying “I’ll just google it”. It will certainly be a really good day for education if I heard children say “I sweetsearched it and found…”

If you’ve never encountered Sweetsearch before go to it may well change your outlook on web searching and if you’re a teacher, it might well transform the material, means and relevance of searching for your students.


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