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  • 1. INTERNET SEARCHING J A N E E L L E N I N N E S C L E A R Y U N I V E R S I T Y L I B R A R Y J E I N N E S @ C L E A R Y. E D U 1
  • 2. WHAT WE ARE COVERING What is research? Critical thinking Internet searching (search engines, strategies, tips) Cleary’s proprietary databases Proquest, Lexis/Nexis/Mel Others Evaluating information 2
  • 3. WHAT IS RESEARCH? Primary versus secondary research Writing process stage 2: collecting How does research benefit your papers?  Credibility  Professionalism Where to begin 3
  • 4. CRITICAL THINKING What is critical thinking and why is it important? Critical Thinking  Taking what you know, combining with what you learn to reach new conclusion Start with broad concepts and narrow 4
  • 5. BETTER SEARCHING WITH CRITICAL THINKING Who is interested in what you are looking for? Learn about your topic as you search  Get information from search summaries Increase your topic specific vocabulary as you search 5
  • 6. SEARCHING Internet Searching Search Engines 6
  • 7. WHAT ARE SEARCH ENGINES? Large databases Full text of web pages  Use keywords matching words in pages you want Built by computer robot programs  No selectivity, no evaluation for reliability Each is different - Minimal standardization  All accept “quotes” to search as phrase  Good ones assume AND between words 7
  • 8. HOW DO YOU MEASURE A SEARCH ENGINE’S VALUE? Size, freshness & unique pages How comprehensive are they? Ranking of results What order are results displayed in? Default search mode effectiveness Intuitive and easy to use? Advanced search options Can you perform complex searches Can you limit by date, type of site, etc? Overall convenience and usefulness Do you get junk or good stuff? 8
  • 9. HOW TO GET THE BEST RESULTS FROM SEARCH ENGINES Match words in pages - FULL TEXT Be as specific as you can  search on distinctive words - fallujah  put “phrases in quotes” “affordable care act”  scan your question for good search terms Start with one or two words or phrases  add as needed to focus results 9
  • 10. BOOLEAN SEARCHING Search Engine Commands Means What? AND (+) Must include all terms NOT (-) Must exclude term/s “[topic phrase]” In quotes - must include exact phrase OR Match any terms 10
  • 11. META SEARCH ENGINES Meta Search Engines search multiple sites and retrieve combined results. Meta Search Engines Explained (thanks UC Berkeley) Multiple Search Engines, Meta Search Engines, or Metacrawlers (SearchEngineShowdown) 11
  • 12. CHOOSING THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE Check NoodleTools (yes, NoodleTools): Search Engine Advice http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/advice engine.html UC Berkeley Recommendations  Search Engine Recommendations http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/SearchEngines.html  Subject Directory Recommendations http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/SubjDirectories.html 10 Best Search Engines of 2013 (About.com) http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/navigatingthenet/tp/top_10_search _engines_for_beginners.htm 12
  • 13. GET A SECOND OPINION Statistics say no search engine has it all Only about 60% of pages in Google are also in other search engines Only 50% of pages in any search engine database are also found in all others Use more than one search engine 13