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RoundUp April 2015 – Search Apps

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  1. Article Search is a handy-dandy resource for searching and finding academic articles. All users have to do is enter a search term, the author’s name, or date to search this app’s database. When users do search, they will find articles indexed by Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic. Users can then tap on the articles to access their abstract or, if available, complete text. This app is ideal to use when teaching students how to conduct literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, or sources for research papers. Article Search scored best for its use of 21st century skills and utility. In short, college-bound students will love this app when they start researching. For the complete review, click here.
  2. Google, the gold standard of search engines, is available in the convenience of an app! Google gives users the on-point web, image, video, news, shopping, blog, discussion, and book search results they expect with the added bonus of remembering prior searches and learning users’ preferences with each search. Need help formulating your question? Do you not quite know what you’re searching for? Begin to type a question into the Google app and it helps users by bringing up completed questions and search commands using an aggregation of popular searches of similar terms from a worldwide community of Google users and their search inputs. With high scores for its design and goal orientation, users will find many ways to engage Google! Check out our full review by clicking here.
  3. Phlo is one of the most innovative search engine apps available. All users have to do is enter their search term into the search field, and Phlo will simultaneously search 32 different sources, which includes traditional search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, and Bing), social media sites (e.g., Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter), and a variety of others like Tumblr, Wikipedia, YouTube, Amazon and many more! The trick with Phlo is that users must know not only the search term they wish to use, but they must also know the types of search results they want. Because of its wealth of sources, Phlo scored 8.3 for its engagement and a perfect score for its utility. For our full report, click here.
  4. Sometimes search engines apps are designed to search certain content, and Oh, Ranger! Park Finder is just that kind of app. With it, users will be able to find parks that match their interests and research them. They will learn about activities to do at the park and its points of interest. Plus, this app is not just limited to national or state parks. Rather, it includes the park around the corner from your house too! With near perfect scores for its design, users will be able to engage this app with no problem. To see how you can use this app with your students, click here.

That’s all for this month’s Roundup.  If you would like more information about any of the apps mentioned in this Roundup or that are on the App Ed Review website, please contact us at [email protected]. And remember, the search is only as good as its findings!