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How to search the internet more effectively. A slide presentation by Tom Vandenbosch to an audience of educational textbook writers (ANAFE)

How to search the internet more effectively. A slide presentation by Tom Vandenbosch to an audience of educational textbook writers (ANAFE)

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  • Rationale: With the development of the Internet, students have found that conducting research is much easier and more convenient than searching through library stacks. While the Internet can be a great tool for research, locating quality materials can at times be a challenge. The following slides will offer tips on how to make the most of your Internet search. <br /> Activity: To generate discussion, the facilitator may ask students about their level of familiarity with the Internet. Also, the facilitator may ask students about the types of web sites they visit, as well as if they have their own personal web pages. <br />
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  • Activity: The facilitator might ask students why it is important to evaluate web sources. The answers offered on this slide highlight the importance of web source evaluation. <br /> . <br /> Key Concepts: Books and journal articles generally go through a long process of fact-checking, editing, and revising before being published. However, anyone with a computer and Internet access can post a web site. Just because the information is published online, it does not mean it is true or reliable. The facilitator may note that web sites change frequently and sometimes disappear quickly. <br /> Thinking about evaluation within the search process can help to make web browsing efficient and effective. <br /> Click the mouse after the title question. <br />
  • Key Concepts: After you identify the type of web site you are viewing, you must next assess it for credibility. Information in the web site depends in large part upon the author; unfortunately, the author’s name may not be clearly listed on the web site. If the author’s name is listed, credentials may not be provided. Furthermore, because web sites do not need to be fact checked to be published, we cannot necessarily rely upon the publisher to be honest. <br />

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  • How to Search the Internet More Effectively? Tom Vandenbosch t.vandenbosch@cgiar.org
  • Introduction: research and the Internet   The Internet can be a great tool for research, but finding quality web materials and using them to your advantage can be challenging. By the end of this session, you should be able to do a more targeted Internet search.
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • How search works
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • What now? Keyword search...
  • Search techniques: How can I find what I'm looking for? discussion
  • Tips for selecting keywords 1 3 Think how the page you are looking for will be written. Use the words that are most likely to appear on the page. Describe what you need with as few terms as possible. 2 4 Choose descriptive words.
  • How to find those “perfect keys”? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What is it I’m looking for? (think about common keywords) How would someone else talk about it? (what words would they use? how would THEY describe it?) Which of those terms would be most common? Which of those terms would be very specialized to this topic? What kind of thing would make me happy? (do I want a single web page, a definition, a collection, an image.... or …?)
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • Basic search commands “…” Exact phrase “I hate the Internet” - To exclude a search term (forbidden terms) Words starting with cow -mad Adjacent words trees NEAR farms To require all search terms agroforestry AND Faidherbia * NEA R AND + OR To require any search terms people* +agroforestry +Faidherbia Project OR programme
  • Advanced search commands filetype: Restrict search to specific filetype zoology filetype:ppt site: Specific domain or country search site:.edu, site:.ke, site:.org related: Web pages similar to related:iucn.org a specified web page Modified after a given after:MM/DD/YYYY date Modified before a before:MM/DD/YYYY given date after: before: define: Provides a definition of words define:agroforestry
  • Search options What happens if you click on Show options ?
  • Using search options
  • Using advanced search
  • Advanced search
  • Advanced search
  • Advanced search
  • Language tools
  • Language tools
  • Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com  Peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature
  • Google Books  http://books.google.com  Google Book Search index matches your search terms—you see “Book Results.” These links will lead you to a library or online store where you may borrow or purchase the books.
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • Validate the authority Pair share brainstorm ideas: How do you decide if something is true? discussion
  • Why evaluate web sources? Any person can publish anything on the Internet.  Web sources do not have to be professionally accepted or edited.  Some personal sites are used to express individual opinions about issues, but not necessarily the facts. 
  • You be the judge       Who is the author? Who is the publisher? What is the point of view? Are there references to other sources? How current is the information? …
  • Examine for credibility    Credibility may be compromised by intentional misinformation or by unintentional neglect. Locating the name of the site’s creator may be challenging. Credentials may be missing even if the author’s name is provided.
  • Organic results and sponsored links Organic (or natural) search results Sponsored links (advertising)
  • Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  • Some final words     There is also the Deep Hidden Web, or the Invisible Web. The Internet is not the only place to find information. While it abounds with a wealth of information, it is not as good for historical information. Visiting the library should always be a consideration in conducting research. Visit http://tinyurl.com/pb48m to view the pros and cons with library vs. Internet research.