Fact or Fiction?<br />The World Wide Web <br />and the tricks it will play on you.<br />
“Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again‘” Former President George W. Bush<br />“…the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. <br />It's a series of tubes.”<br />Former Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)<br />
<ul><li>The Internet: A bunch of computers that transfer information back and forth using fiber optic cables and telephone lines
Web Browser: A software platform you use to search the internet (Firefox, IE, Netscape)
Search Engine: The page you start at to begin your search (Google, Ask.com, Yahoo, MSN, AltaVista)
Directory: Site where people determine the main subject of a Web page and categorize it based on topics and subtopics used by that directory (DMOZ) </li></ul>Anatomy of your WEB<br />
If link doesn’t work, back-track to root (http://lwtclearningcommons.com/education-resources/)</li></ul>Anatomy of a URL<br />
Ask for EXACTLY what you want!<br />Quotes “” around phrases<br />Wildcards * for variations (Invest*) (Auto*) <br />Excluded words – for unwanted words<br />Boolean – AND, OR, NOT<br />Numerical ranges …<br />Advance Search is fun<br />The Power of Searching<br />
Does it stack up?<br />Pro = If you have fingers, you can write<br />Con = If you have fingers, you can write<br />History Tab tells all<br />Use as a jumping off point<br />…But what about Wikipedia?<br />
What’s at stake? How reliable does my information have to be?<br />What can the URL tell you in a search result?<br />What do others say about the page? Who links to it? Owns it?<br />Why was this page put on the web?<br />Inform with facts/data?<br />Share/disclose information?<br />Entice/sell products?<br />Explain/persuade one point of view over another?<br />Is this the website I want to use?<br />
What do I look for?The Big 4<br /><ul><li>Authority:Anyonecan publish on the web!
Bias/Objectivity: Both sides of issue present?
Timeliness/Currency: When was last update?</li></li></ul><li>Coverage: Is the site complete? Is it comprehensive?<br />Efficiency: Is access to the site consistent?<br />Appearance: Do the graphics support or deter? Overloaded by movement?<br />Links: Do the links work?<br />Navigability: Is it clear how to navigate the site?<br />Quantity: Is there too much information to process?<br />Requirements: Do you have to install, download, register? Personal Information?<br />Other factors to consider…<br />