Most people don't use the full power of the Google search engine, so their searches return a lot of useless material and don't focus too well.
For example, the student who wants to know what Frederick Douglass did after the Civil War and simply types "Douglass" into the Google search bar gets 533,000,000 results. On the first two pages of results, this returns:
Without much more information, this student can do a general paper typical of a high school sophomore, using those encyclopedia articles. College students need more.
Google gives us advice on two levels for sharpening and focusing our searches:
Google Scholar is a search engine that's not devoted to quick results and selling things. It's designed for a deeper look, so when I searched for Frederick Douglass Post Civil War, I got heavy-duty material, most of it at least worth a look.
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