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