Become the Web Whisperer Successful Internet searches are: PLANNED Public domain image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kent_Plan.gif
Write out your topic .
Circle the keywords that give your topic meaning.
Use these words as your search terms . 5-8 is optimal!
Venture off the Google path.
Try page 2+ of the results list.
Become the Web Whisperer Internet Search Guide: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Strategies.html Worksheet: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/AnalyseTopicForm.pdf A comprehensive plan Creative Commons Image by Ed Sanders from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:London_Underground_Zone_1.png
Use distinctive phrases in “ ” where possible – e.g. “affirmative action”.
Search for organizations that may have published information on your topic.
Include synonyms, acronyms , etc. associated with your topic keywords.
Try, learn, revise!
Become the Web Whisperer Try the Search Engine Guide: http://www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html Create your own search engine: http://www.google.com/cse/ http://www.rollyo.com/ Some alternate search engines:
Become the Web Whisperer Watch a quick screencast on how to use this online resource designed for student research. Try Google Scholar! http://www.screencast.com/t/MzJmMTcz
Become the Web Whisperer Successful Internet searches are: FOCUSED YOU ARE HERE EXIT Public Domain Image from http://www.utopia-britannica.org.uk/pages/New%20Harmony.htm
Explore avenues that will get you to your goal.
Surfing/Social Media = LATER Use bookmarks/favorites to remember interesting but unrelated sites.
Use bookmarks or a CITATION MANAGER to keep track of where you’ve been!