Monday, March 8, 2010

Timeline Search

Often an important piece of information is the timing related to a topic you may be looking for. Are you aware Google has a tool which helps you to visualize the time frame topics are discussed? It's easy, and here's how:

  • Do a Google search for a term.
  • Click on the [+] Show Options.
  • Find "Timeline" towards bottom of the list in the left column.
  • Google then creates a time line which shows you the number of times a link appears in each year. You can click on the decade/year/month to limit the search results listed below based on when you clicked.

This is a great tip to be able to find trends in information, and when things are becoming more popular. This could be especially valuable to help with creating timelines in your classroom, or helping students see when things are most popular or at least most talked about.

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