Ever heard of the Wonder Wheel? Hint: It has something to do with Google.

The next time you’re searching with Google, try out the Wonder Wheel.

It’s useful if you prefer a visual or “mind-mapping” display, or if you want search term suggestions and a more focused search.

Let’s say you’re interested in romantic movies. Enter “romantic movies” in the Google search box, run the search, and you’ll see results in the traditional list format.  Look for the “Wonder Wheel” link in the left sidebar and click on it.  (If the Wonder Wheel link doesn’t appear in the sidebar, click on “More Options.”)

You will see a wheel with spokes, or subtopics, and your search results will appear on the right. Click on one of the spokes, such as “classic romantic movies,” and the new search results will display on the right; the wheel will reconfigure to show additional subtopics (spokes). Click on additional spokes as needed, and the wheel will continue to change and offer new search options.

(The Wonder Wheel may not appear if you don’t have the most current version of Flash.)

Google Labs (a technology playground). Google Translate (translate any website, in dozens of languages). Google Body (a 3D model of the human body). Google and other search engines continuously innovate and experiment. For you, that means access to more information than ever, presented in useful formats. Google offers dozens of tools to manage and share all that information, as well.

Sign up for a free Google Search class at Miner and try some of Google’s newest bells and whistles.  (Many of Google’s search features can be used with other search engines.) Classes have been scheduled for:

Thursday, March 17   9:00 am – 10:30 am

Friday, April 15   9:00 am – 10:30 am

Friday, May 20   9:00 am – 10:30 am

Registration is required. Click on the Classes & Sign-Up link under “Teaching and Learning” on the Miner home page. For more information, contact Valorie Hallinan at 275-6873.

Many thanks to one of our blog readers for suggesting this topic!

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