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  • 1. Success Matters – Week 4 Searching the Web Evaluating Web Resources
  • 2. Searching the Web
      • What is a search engine?
      • What’s the difference between a “major” search engine and a “meta” search engine?
  • 3. Major Search Engines
      • Alta Vista - large database, capable of complex search techniques & specialized searches
      • Excite - attempts to find concepts related to search terms with "Search for more documents like this one"
      • Google - results ranked by "importance" measured by which sites and how many sites link to the page.
      • HotBot - complex searches, sophisticated limitation abilities
  • 4. Meta Search Engines
      • WebCrawler – Searches top search engines including Google, Yahoo!, MSN search, and more.
      • Cnet Search.com - Searches 11 engines or choose search by subject category.
      • DogPile - Simple and Boolean searches 25 search engines, you choose order.
  • 5. Searching
      • What is the purpose of the “+” sign?
      • What is the purpose of quotation marks?
  • 6. Searching
      • What is a boolean operator?
      • AND, AND NOT, OR
  • 7. Question?
      • How would you prepare a search on the Web for a project on The History of Tobogganing in Canada?
  • 8. Suggestions?
      • History + toboggan + Canada
      • History AND toboggan AND Canada
      • Tobaggan AND Canada
      • History AND toboggan
  • 9. URLs
      • Learning about Web addresses or URLs (universe resource locators) will assist in determining the authenticity of the source.
  • 10. URL’s Broken Down
  • 11. File Structure
      • File structure hierarchy
    apa.org monitor/oct00/ workplace.html Home organization File folders Actual document
  • 12. Dot ?
      • .org – charitable organization
      • .ca – country
      • .on.ca – province, country
      • .edu – American postsecondary school
      • .com – commercial business
      • .net – suffix
  • 13. Watch out for
      • Vanity publishing
      • A specific document that has information of value but hasn't been through the peer review process or hasn't been published by academic sources
      • Requires the reader's critical analysis.
  • 14. More
      • Public Relations or Advertising
      • Sites designed to promote a specific company, point of view, or self-publishing.
      • Find the Right School
  • 15. And more…
      • Blogs
      • Some blogs are written by authorities, others are venues to promote a certain point of view.
      • Eg. Stephen Downes – www.downes.ca
      • http://www.crooksandliars.com