How to improve yourand search like a pro! Barbara De Santis Sayreville Public School October 2010
Today’s plan Approach for evaluating information Search Strategies
Credits Alan November Link at http://novemberlearning.com/resources/information-literacy-resources/i-information-literacy-quiz/
Handout and PPT online at www.tinyurl.com/bsdblog (presentation tab)
Is it REAL?
Domain? Extension? Personal? www.domain.ext Read the url
www.sayrevillek12.net www.yahoo.com www.nasa.gov www.af.mil What is the domain?
www.tcnj.edu www.laurelhurst.pps.k12.or.us www.nagoya-u.ac.j www.ama-assn.org What is the domain?
www.sayrevillek12.net www.yahoo.com www.nasa.gov www.af.mil What is the extension?
www.tcnj.edu www.laurelhurst.pps.k12.or.us www.nagoya-u.ac.j www.ama-assn.org What is the extension?
Handout ( popular extensions)
Some extensions are more reliable than others? (i.e., .gov versus .com.)
You can shorten the url zapatopi.net/treeoctopus.html zapatopi.net/treeoctopus.html The forward slash = another directory Use zapatopi.net as the entire domain.
Name ~ % Blog, users, members, group Personal Clues
www.blog.discoveryeducation.com/bsdbsd www.tcnj.edu/~goglobal/undergraduate/documents/StudyAbroadatTCNJPDF.pdf Is it personal?
Read the url Domain? Extension? Personal? Read Review
Does it make sense? Match or conflict Evaluate the content THINK
Evaluate the content Links Updated?
Does it make sense? Links Updates Evaluate - Review
Ask about the Author Writer? Publisher?
Sometimes the author is listed.
So who is the author?
If no author is listed www.easyWhois Enter the domain name -i.e., sayrevillek12.net
1. Go to www.easyWhois.com
2. Enter the entire domain (including the extension)
3. View results.
No author listed- use www.easyWhois.com
So who is the author? (truncate) 1. Go to www.easywhois.com and enter the entire domain in the search field.
Does this make sense?
Ask about the Author - Review www.easyWhois Enter the domain name
Look at Links Links from the site (forward links) Links to the site (back links)
Links from the site Mouse over the link See the url in the lower left hand corner
Move your mouse over the links. Check url in the lower left hand corner.
Where are they linked?
All linked to the same site
Links to the site Use the link command in altavista Go to www.altavista.com
Links to the site In the search box enter link:entireurl (no spaces) Example: link:www.sayrevillek12.net (include www and the entire domain)
1. Go to www.altavista.com
2. Entire the complete url (includes www.domain.ext) in the search window.
3. View results.
What links to MLK site?
What links to Tree Octopus?
Look at the Links Review Links from the site Mouse over and view Links to the site Use link command at www.altavista.com
The way it used to be Wayback Machine www.archive.org Enter url Look at past pages
1. Go to www.archive.org
2. Enter the url.
3. Results. Select page to view.
Older version of MLK page.
Review:Is it REAL?
What sites to use (handout) All grades All About Explorers: http://www.allaboutexplorers.com California's Velcro Crop under Challenge: http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus: http://www.zapatopi.net/treeoctopus Dog Island Free Forever: http://www.thedogisland.com Victorian Robots: http://www.bigredhair.com/robots/index.html Middle /HS School Dihydrogen Monoxide: http://www.dhmo.org Feline Reactions to Bearded Men: http://www.improbable.com/airchives/classical/cat/cat.html Clones R Us: http://www.d-b.net/dti/ Dehydrated Water: http://www.buydehydratedwater.com/ Petrol Direct: http://www.petroldirect.com/ For you only Martin Luther King: http://www.martinlutherking.org (NOT for students)
Search Strategies Engine versus Directory Who is on top? Boolean operations Special Commands