Tech Tuesday September 28, 2010 Savvy Searching:Strategies for more effective Web searching Lisa J.M. LinfieldTechnology Education SpecialistCooperative Extension Technology Services
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
Today we will explore… Web search tools Strategies to make Web searches more effective Clues to look for when evaluating Websites for credibility
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.
ABCs of Savvy Searching Authorityand Accuracy Bias or Balance Currency andCompleteness
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
Currency and Completeness Clues Relevant hyperlinks Links to outside sources Page revision or creation dates Dated materials “Under construction”
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