Savvy Searching: Strategies for More Effective Web Searching

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Savvy Searching: Strategies for More Effective Web Searching

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

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