How to Use Online Searching                                                                                               ...
TasksTask 1: How to search general information with Google?  Unlike Facebook and Email, you don’t need to create a persona...
is exactly the offical web site of Newcastle University. Clicking the underlined       link, you will be redirected to New...
You may see that only images about flowers are displayed.     Tip: If you want to search videos, news, books, blogs and ot...
Step 3: The location of Newcastle University will be marked in      the map with balloon sign. To look in a small scale ma...
Appendix I:       What else can I do with Google Search?You can also do the following things with Google Search (not limit...
Step 2: Type “Newcastle University” in the search box and click the rightarrow to go to the result page.Step 3: in the ope...
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  1. 1. How to Use Online Searching Quick Navigation Task 1: How to search general information with Google? ……………..…………….….…..…………. 2 Practice A: find the official web site of Newcastle University ..……..………………….……… 2This document is used for Newcastle University Alumni training only. Practice B: find tomorrow’s weather of Newcastle upon Tyne …………....…………..….…... 3 Practice C: search images, videos, and other types of information .…………..…..……..... 3 Task 2: How to use online Map searching with Google? ….……………………..…….….…..……….. 4 Practice A: locate Newcastle University from the Map ……………….……………................... 4 Practice B: find the route to Newcastle University from Central Station? …….………… 5 Appendix I: What else can I do with Google Search? ..………………...………………..………………. 6 Appendix II: Similar services ..………………………….…...………………..……………..………………….…..... 6 Q: What is online searching? Online searching is to use web search engine to search information from internet. A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web and FTP servers. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Google Search is the most-used search engine on the Web. Google Search can be used to find synonyms, weather forecasts, time zones, stock quotes, maps, earthquake data, movie showtimes, airports, home listings, and sports scores, etc. Q: Why use online searching? Comparing with traditional methods of searching information, online search is:  Time saving.  Easy to use  Generate large amount of information cover all fields  Provide refined or more precise results Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 1
  2. 2. TasksTask 1: How to search general information with Google? Unlike Facebook and Email, you don’t need to create a personal account and log in to use them every time. What you need to do is just enter Google’s homepage and text whatever you want to know in the search bar. Google will select the relevant information according to what you have typed, and you can easily find the information you want.Practice A: find the official web site of Newcastle University Step 1: Type http://www.google.com in the address bar of your browser and hit Enter. Step 2: Type “Newcastle University” in the blank search box and hit Enter. Tip: When you are typing, Google are also searching instantly. Google gives more priority to pages that have search terms near each other and in the same order as the query. Google can also match multi-word phrases and sentences. Therefore, the result is much relevant to your query. Step 3: Google will display a list of web sites as the result. And the most relevant is displayed on the top. Each result contains the underlined name of the web site, one or two lines of text which contains the query words, and web site address showing at the bottom. Step 4: According to the names of web site showing in the result, the first one Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 2
  3. 3. is exactly the offical web site of Newcastle University. Clicking the underlined link, you will be redirected to Newcastle University’s website.Practice B: find tomorrow’s weather of Newcastle upon Tyne. Step 1: Open Google’s homepage Step 2: Type in the key words “Weather Newcastle upon Tyne” in the search box and hit Enter. Tip: Just type the keywords then Google will understand your query. You don’t have to input the full query sentence. Google has the function to display weather directly on the result page. You will be able to see the today and the future days’ weather report.Practice C: search images, videos, and other types of information On the top of Google’s homepage, there is a series of information, such as “Web, Images, Videos, Maps…”. It provides functions allowing you to search other types of information. For example, let us assume here you want to search some images about flowers. Step 1: Open Google’s homepage and then click the link “Images” on the top. Step 2: type the text “Flowers” in the search bar, then hit enter. Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 3
  4. 4. You may see that only images about flowers are displayed. Tip: If you want to search videos, news, books, blogs and other types of information, the methods are similar. Firstly go to homepage of Google and then switch to the right category by clicking the links on the top. If you cannot find some of the links, please try click “more”.Task 2: How to use Google Map?Practice A: Locate Newcastle University from the map. Step 1: Click the link “Maps” from the top of Google’s homepage Step 2: Type “Newcastle University” in the search box and hit Enter. Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 4
  5. 5. Step 3: The location of Newcastle University will be marked in the map with balloon sign. To look in a small scale map, please adjust the scale bar in the left side of the map. Click cross sign (+) to zoom in and minus sign (-) to zoom out.Practice B: find the route from Newcastle central station to NewcastleUniversity. Step 1: in the search box of Google, type “from Newcastle central station to Newcastle University” hit Enter. Step 2: The result is showed in two ways. In the left area of the page, Google map gives the driving route by default. You have the options to switch walk or public transport route. In the map view, you will see a purple line which connects Newcastle central station and Newcastle University. Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 5
  6. 6. Appendix I: What else can I do with Google Search?You can also do the following things with Google Search (not limit to):  Turn Google Into a Quick Calculator  Translate web sites of another languages  Looking for a stock quote.  Find local cinema showing times  Flight arrival and departure times in real timeAppendix II: Similar services: WikipediaWikipedia: is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingualencyclopaedia project supported by the non-profit WikimediaFoundation. Its 18 million articles (over 3.5 million in English) havebeen written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, andalmost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to thesite. Some noted the importance of Wikipedia not only as anencyclopaedic reference but also as a frequently updated newsresource because of how quickly articles about recent events appear. Wikipedia: http://www.wikipedia.org/If you want to use Wikipedia to search information resource, the general searchingprocess is like Google Search mentioned above. Go into Wikipedia’s homepage first andtype what you want to know in the search box. Wikipedia will find the relevantinformation and display it in the webpage. You may browse the content and find whatyou want.Task 1: Find the history of Newcastle University Step 1: open Wikipedia’s homepage http://www.wikipedia.org Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 6
  7. 7. Step 2: Type “Newcastle University” in the search box and click the rightarrow to go to the result page.Step 3: in the opened page, you can find a vertical navigation rectangle withinwhich the first index item is “History”. Click the “History” and you will beredirected to the history section. Newcastle University | Alumni http://www.ncl.ac.uk/alumni 7

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