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  • 1. Tech Tuesday
    September 28, 2010
    Savvy Searching:Strategies for more effective Web searching
    Lisa J.M. LinfieldTechnology Education SpecialistCooperative Extension Technology Services
  • 2. Why be savvy?
    “Recently…our systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!”
    - The Official Google Blog2008
  • 3. Today we will explore…
    Web search tools
    Strategies to make Web searches more effective
    Clues to look for when evaluating Websites for credibility
  • 4. Search Engine Sampler
  • 5. …plus a few hundred more!
  • 6. Search process
  • 7. Strategy
    Be as specific as you can with keywords
    Synonyms?
    Try to put main keyword first
    Learn one or two search engines well
    Know some advanced searching features (Look for the HELP tool)
    Boolean searching (AND, NOT, OR)
    Exact phrase, exclude/include words, site specific searching, specific doc types, etc.
  • 8. ABCs of Savvy Searching
    Authorityand Accuracy
    Bias or Balance
    Currency andCompleteness
  • 9. Authority and Accuracy Clues
    Links to biographical statements
    Copyright symbol ©
    Tilde ~ in URL
    Contact info for author or organization
    Parody or satire?
    Grammatical or spelling errors
  • 10. Bias or Balance Clues
    Type of site (blog, scholarly journal, etc.)
    URL (.edu, .gov, etc.)
    “About This Site”
    Requests for money, time, registration
    Evidence/documentation
    Ads
  • 11. Currency and Completeness Clues
    Relevant hyperlinks
    Links to outside sources
    Page revision or creation dates
    Dated materials
    “Under construction”
  • 12. For further learning
    Web Search Strategies in Plain Englishhttp://www.commoncraft.com/search
    Research Help from Steenbock Libraryhttp://steenbock.library.wisc.edu/instruct/research-help.html
    Google Search Cheat Sheethttp://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html
    Bing Search Tipshttp://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/bing/ff524480.aspx
    Comprehensive List of Search Engines (descriptions)http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/
    Choose the best search engine for your information needshttp://www.noodletools.com