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About this TutorialStudents:This tutorial will: • Teach you specific strategies for using search engines • Teach you how to cut out unnecessary searching It should take you about 20 minutes to complete.Faculty:This tutorial was made using Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.This tutorial will help students • Search effectively • Find more relevant results • Find more credible results This tutorial meets the following ACRL standards: 1.1d 1.4a 2.2d
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A search engine is an online tool that checks web pages for the search terms you enter into it. When it comes to search engines, there are many choices.There are a few different tips and tricks thatwill help get the desired results in all ofthem. This includes knowing the benefits ofusing certain search options and commands.
Most search engines will assume and modify things about a regular sentence. Forexample in the sentence: I want to know the date of the Lunar LandingA search engine mightignore the words “I”and “the”.In this case you wouldwant to modify yoursearch, for exampleinstead of the abovesentence you may usethis phrase for yoursearch: Date of Lunar LandingThough this is not a full sentence, the search engine will recognize the importantwords, and give you better results. Better results means better research.
It is possible that the search engine may also do some stemming. This means that itwould search for variations of the words in your original search. Ways to Conserve Energy Wildlife Conservation Energy Crisis in California In this example, the search engine would have read Conserve and Energy separately, giving unrelated results. There are advantages and disadvantages to search engine stemming: • On the one hand, you may be interested in some of the topics the engine includes with your search, and they may be of some use in whatever research you are doing. • On the other hand, it may be harder to find what you are searching for when extra results have been added due to stemming.
If you want to avoid stemming, and unwanted results, there area couple of tricks to use. Quotations: When you use quotations in a search, you will be telling the search engine to look for those specific words, and nothing else. This will often lower the amount of results. Without quotations: With quotations, a significantly smaller number of results:
For example: In Title Commands In title: “high school curriculum” :This command will tell thesearch engine to only giveresults that have the words ofthe search terms in the titleof the result. You give thiscommand by typing in title:before your search terms.
To further narrow your results, most search engines have anAdvanced Search option. These are the advanced search options on:
When searching on Google, there is an option to define yoursearch. This is helpful when you are searching for something youdon’t understand, or have never heard of before.
On most search engines you can also use the Define Command. This tells the search engine that you want a definition, and the engine will usually bring it up as the first result.To use the Define Command, simply type define: and your searchterm, like in this example from:
We’ve covered just a few of the tricks that can make a searchresults more effective. Many search engines also offer thingslike images, videos, maps, and more. It can be helpful to usea variety of search engines, and search on them often tounderstand the benefits each one has to offer. Now you can turn your searching into finding!
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