Guided Mastery challenges
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Solve each Search Challenge using Google or another search engine. Hints are provided that can guide the search process. Each time an incorrect answer is entered, another hint is provided and a point is deducted.

Scores are displayed on each page.

Each Challenge is worth up to 5 points. There are four Challenges in this series. A mastery goal is to use as few hints as possible; another is to learn from mistakes.

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Searching online can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Search engines certainly make the task easier, but they don't take thinking out of the process. Use these guided searches to improve your Search Box Fluency. Google doesn't have all the answers. It's one search engine out of many. Specialized search engines are effective retrieving information that Google can't. This series of challenges helps improve your ability to search beyond standard Google.

A total score of 20 is perfect, but it's more likely you will earn less than that, depending on your uses of search engines and skill in browsing. The goal of optimal browsing is not to give up. Retrace your steps, try a different path to be more successful.

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