Don’t Get Angry
Internet Basics
Major Pieces of the Internet <ul><li>Communication with other personal computers </li></ul><ul><li>The World Wide Web </li...
World wide Web
 
Web Consists Of:
SEARCHING   the Internet
Terms to Know for Successful Searching Web Address  Internet Browser Search Engine
Anatomy of a Web Address http://www.learner.org/ exhibits /parkphysics/ ISP Address Network Domain Directory on the Server...
WEB BROWSER  <ul><li>A browser is an application (program) that allows people to connect to the World Wide Web </li></ul><...
What is a Search Engine? <ul><li>A program that works like a card catalogue for the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>It locates ...
How do you get from your web browser to a search engine? <ul><li>You have to type in the “address” or URL of the search en...
For example… <ul><li>You would enter the “address” or URL for a search engine, using browser’s “address” line </li></ul>ww...
General Search Engines <ul><li>AskJeeves www.aj.com </li></ul><ul><li>Excite www.excite.com </li></ul><ul><li>Go www.go.co...
Speed-rated Search Engines <ul><li>Two search engines that are supposed to be FAST and good for general use </li></ul><ul>...
Metasearch Engines <ul><li>BetterBrain www.betterbrain.com </li></ul><ul><li>Dogpile www.dogpile.com </li></ul><ul><li>Inf...
Specialized Search Engines <ul><li>Medexplorer (Medicine) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.medexplorer.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li...
Kids’ Search Engines <ul><li>•  AskJeeves for Kids   www.ajkids.com  </li></ul><ul><li>•  CyberPatrol www.route616.com </l...
Searching More Art than Science
Five Steps to Effective  Searching <ul><li>Choose your words carefully and establish a “search phrase”  </li></ul><ul><li>...
Establish a “search phrase” and choose your words carefully <ul><li>There is a world of difference between searching </li>...
Know synonyms  and varied spellings <ul><li>“ Hate Crimes”  </li></ul><ul><li>are often also called “crimes that violate c...
The right “search phrase” can make a world of difference <ul><li>Anthrax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produced 228,000 hits in .1...
Prioritize the terms in your search phrase <ul><li>Some search engines will produce results by word order, with the first ...
Other tricks to know when searching <ul><li>Use lower case when searching   Example: ibm, imac, nato </li></ul><ul><li>Use...
Use a combination of “tricks” <ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;marine mammals&quot; –whales </li></ul><ul><li>comp...
A recent search experience <ul><li>What I was looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans for Intermediate grades that sho...
What to do when your search produces too many results <ul><li>Try to be more specific by adding more keywords </li></ul><u...
What to do when your search produces insufficient (or no) results <ul><li>Make sure your spelling is correct </li></ul><ul...
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  1. 1. Don’t Get Angry
  2. 2. Internet Basics
  3. 3. Major Pieces of the Internet <ul><li>Communication with other personal computers </li></ul><ul><li>The World Wide Web </li></ul>
  4. 4. World wide Web
  5. 6. Web Consists Of:
  6. 7. SEARCHING the Internet
  7. 8. Terms to Know for Successful Searching Web Address Internet Browser Search Engine
  8. 9. Anatomy of a Web Address http://www.learner.org/ exhibits /parkphysics/ ISP Address Network Domain Directory on the Server File Name Hypertext Transfer Protocol World Wide Web
  9. 10. WEB BROWSER <ul><li>A browser is an application (program) that allows people to connect to the World Wide Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The most common browsers are Netscape and (MS) Internet Explorer & Mozilla </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. What is a Search Engine? <ul><li>A program that works like a card catalogue for the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>It locates sites that have key words identified by the user </li></ul>
  11. 12. How do you get from your web browser to a search engine? <ul><li>You have to type in the “address” or URL of the search engine you want to use </li></ul>
  12. 13. For example… <ul><li>You would enter the “address” or URL for a search engine, using browser’s “address” line </li></ul>www.looksmart.com
  13. 14. General Search Engines <ul><li>AskJeeves www.aj.com </li></ul><ul><li>Excite www.excite.com </li></ul><ul><li>Go www.go.com </li></ul><ul><li>LookSmart www.looksmart.com </li></ul><ul><li>Lycos www.lycos.com </li></ul><ul><li>NBCi www.NBCi.com </li></ul>catalogue information from a variety of web sites
  14. 15. Speed-rated Search Engines <ul><li>Two search engines that are supposed to be FAST and good for general use </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>All the Web </li></ul><ul><li>http://alltheweb.com </li></ul>
  15. 16. Metasearch Engines <ul><li>BetterBrain www.betterbrain.com </li></ul><ul><li>Dogpile www.dogpile.com </li></ul><ul><li>Infozoid www.infozoid.com </li></ul><ul><li>Iqseek www.iqseek.com </li></ul><ul><li>Mamma www.mamma.com </li></ul><ul><li>OneSearch www.onesearch.com </li></ul><ul><li>Sherlock Hound www.sherlockhound.com </li></ul><ul><li>SurfWax www.surfwax.com </li></ul><ul><li>Webcrawler www.webcrawler.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>search multiple search engines simultaneously </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Specialized Search Engines <ul><li>Medexplorer (Medicine) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.medexplorer.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CNET (Technology) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.cnet.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CareerPath (Careers) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.careerpath.com </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Kids’ Search Engines <ul><li>• AskJeeves for Kids www.ajkids.com </li></ul><ul><li>• CyberPatrol www.route616.com </li></ul><ul><li>• CyberSleuth-Kids www.cybersleuth-kids.com </li></ul><ul><li>• DinoSearch www.dinosearch.com </li></ul><ul><li>• DMOZ dmoz.org/Kids_and_Teens </li></ul><ul><li>• Kid Sites www.kidsites.net </li></ul><ul><li>• KidsClick! sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick! </li></ul><ul><li>• Yahooligans yahooligans.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>• Zeeks Search www.zeeks.com </li></ul>
  18. 19. Searching More Art than Science
  19. 20. Five Steps to Effective Searching <ul><li>Choose your words carefully and establish a “search phrase” </li></ul><ul><li>2. Know synonyms and varied spellings </li></ul><ul><li>3. Know how to widen or narrow your search </li></ul><ul><li>4. Know some Web Searching Basics </li></ul><ul><li>5. Learn to use one or two search engines well </li></ul>
  20. 21. Establish a “search phrase” and choose your words carefully <ul><li>There is a world of difference between searching </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hate Crimes” </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>“ Anti-Hate Crime Legislation” </li></ul>
  21. 22. Know synonyms and varied spellings <ul><li>“ Hate Crimes” </li></ul><ul><li>are often also called “crimes that violate civil rights” or </li></ul><ul><li>“ Civil Rights Violation Crimes” </li></ul><ul><li>With some topics, know alternative spelling— </li></ul><ul><li>color might be colour </li></ul><ul><li>theater might be Theatre </li></ul>
  22. 23. The right “search phrase” can make a world of difference <ul><li>Anthrax </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produced 228,000 hits in .15 seconds on Google </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ cutaneous anthrax” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produced 7 hits in .17 seconds on Google </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Prioritize the terms in your search phrase <ul><li>Some search engines will produce results by word order, with the first term being most important </li></ul><ul><li>“ Atlanta zoo” +pandas </li></ul><ul><li>pandas +“Atlanta zoo” </li></ul><ul><li>could produce different results on </li></ul><ul><li>some search engines that search </li></ul><ul><li>by word order </li></ul>
  24. 25. Other tricks to know when searching <ul><li>Use lower case when searching Example: ibm, imac, nato </li></ul><ul><li>Use multiple words to narrow search Example: “great lakes” and shipping </li></ul><ul><li>Use similar words Example: lesson, tutorial, class, seminar </li></ul><ul><li>Use plus and minus signs for “and” and “not” </li></ul>
  25. 26. Use a combination of “tricks” <ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;marine mammals&quot; –whales </li></ul><ul><li>computers workstations +network +security </li></ul>
  26. 27. A recent search experience <ul><li>What I was looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans for Intermediate grades that show the elements of of a short story—plot, characters, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>What I used as a search phrase: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Language Arts&quot; +intermediate +lessons +short story </li></ul><ul><li>What results that produced: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First (best) hit was an index:http://www.col-ed.org/cur/lang.html of about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>At home, on a 56K modem, using Google </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2420 results in .14 seconds </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First (best) hit was an index </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 28. What to do when your search produces too many results <ul><li>Try to be more specific by adding more keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Try to use as many relevant keywords as possible; it will help to narrowly identify what you're looking for. </li></ul>1,742,598 results
  28. 29. What to do when your search produces insufficient (or no) results <ul><li>Make sure your spelling is correct </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden your search; use fewer keywords, or add synonyms </li></ul><ul><li>Try variations on words </li></ul><ul><li>Use a metasearch engine </li></ul>
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