Online searching
Your guide to databases and Internet tools
Ms. Emili
2009-2010 school year
Field Guide to Search Tools:
Databases
Databases: “Warehouses” of information:
magazine, journal, newspaper articles
 Su...
Accessing Our Databases
 Teacher/Student Share
 Research Links
 EBSCO or Facts on File
Field Guide to Search Tools:
Subject Directories
 Subject directories: catalogs of websites collected, maintained
and org...
Subject Directories: Pros and Cons
 Pros
 Information you can
trust
 selective
 NOT overwhelming:
may only be a few si...
A field guide to search tools:
Search Engines
 Search engines: large databases of Web pages,
gathered automatically. Rely...
Search Engines: Pros and Cons
 Pros
 Easy to use
 “Intuitive”
 Lots of results
 Ranked by most
popular
 Cons
 Lots ...
Pre-search
 Organize your ideas BEFORE you start
searching!!
 Use your research questions/outlines!
 Come up with key w...
Web search in Plain English
http://www.commoncraft.com/search
Good searchers…
 PRE-SEARCH
 EXPLORE their options
 Search SPECIFICALLY
 Use EXACT phrases
 Use ADVANCED SEARCH
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  1. 1. Online searching Your guide to databases and Internet tools Ms. Emili 2009-2010 school year
  2. 2. Field Guide to Search Tools: Databases Databases: “Warehouses” of information: magazine, journal, newspaper articles  Subscription PAID FOR BY DISTRICT  Ex: Facts on File, Ebsco When to use:  ALWAYS have good information  HINT: “Text citation”
  3. 3. Accessing Our Databases  Teacher/Student Share  Research Links  EBSCO or Facts on File
  4. 4. Field Guide to Search Tools: Subject Directories  Subject directories: catalogs of websites collected, maintained and organized by HUMANS  HINT: tree (main categories branch out into subtopics)  Ex: Internet Public Library (http://www.ipl.org/)  When to use:  When you know your topic and want to get to good sites quickly  When you want to avoid all the “noise” of search engines  When you’re having trouble finding reliable sources of online info
  5. 5. Subject Directories: Pros and Cons  Pros  Information you can trust  selective  NOT overwhelming: may only be a few sites on your topic  Can be used as a “springboard” to finding more good sites  Cons  Limited number of results  May be too specific or too broad  Search box will only search within that site
  6. 6. A field guide to search tools: Search Engines  Search engines: large databases of Web pages, gathered automatically. Rely on robots, spiders crawlers to get results.  Ex. Google, Bing
  7. 7. Search Engines: Pros and Cons  Pros  Easy to use  “Intuitive”  Lots of results  Ranked by most popular  Cons  Lots of results  Overwhelming number (needle in a haystack)  “noise” distracts from real results  Paid-for sponsored sites
  8. 8. Pre-search  Organize your ideas BEFORE you start searching!!  Use your research questions/outlines!  Come up with key words to search
  9. 9. Web search in Plain English http://www.commoncraft.com/search
  10. 10. Good searchers…  PRE-SEARCH  EXPLORE their options  Search SPECIFICALLY  Use EXACT phrases  Use ADVANCED SEARCH
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