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Every minute there are an estimated 2 million Google searches  according to Data Never Sleeps at

Google is a play on the word googol, popularized in Mathematics and the Imagination by Kasner and Newman. It refers to the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google's use of the term reflects their mission to organize the seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web. 


Given the scope of what Google indexes, students need finding skills more than ever to isolate learning materials that are focused, relevant, unbiased, and at appropriate reading levels.

Google began as a research project in 1996 by two Stanford grads – Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Originally nicknamed "BackRub" because of its unique ability to analyze back links pointing to a website (popularity) to estimate importance. Other search engines rank sites by analyzing frequency, proximity, and hierarchy of words. Google Inc. began 1998 in a friend’s garage.

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