Success Matters – Week 4 Searching the Web Evaluating Web Resources
Searching the Web
- What’s the difference between a “major” search engine and a “meta” search engine?
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
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.
- What is the purpose of the “+” sign?
- What is the purpose of quotation marks?
- What is a boolean operator?
- How would you prepare a search on the Web for a project on The History of Tobogganing in Canada?
- History + toboggan + Canada
- History AND toboggan AND Canada
- Learning about Web addresses or URLs (universe resource locators) will assist in determining the authenticity of the source.
URL’s Broken Down
File Structure apa.org monitor/oct00/ workplace.html Home organization File folders Actual document
- .org – charitable organization
- .on.ca – province, country
- .edu – American postsecondary school
- .com – commercial business
Watch out for
- 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.
- Public Relations or Advertising
- Sites designed to promote a specific company, point of view, or self-publishing.
- Some blogs are written by authorities, others are venues to promote a certain point of view.
- Eg. Stephen Downes – www.downes.ca