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Effectivesearching Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Effective Search Practices Going Beyond Google
  • 2. Effective Search Practices
    • Develop a search plan
    • Teach students to use advanced search techniques
    • Teach students to use more advanced and specialized search engines
  • 3. Define the research problem
    • Is it a relatively simple question?
    • Is it a fact finding mission?
    • Is the research question complex with a series of questions or relationships I need to explore
  • 4. Know what sort of information you are trying to find
    • Am I looking for text, video or pictures?
    • Do I need biographical information?
    • Is the information I need historic or current in content?
    • Should I be asking an expert in the field?
  • 5. Start with keywords
    • What keywords MUST be included in the search?
    • What keywords MIGHT be included in the search?
    • What keywords SHOULD NOT be included in the search?
  • 6. Create a chart Should Not Might Must
  • 7. The plus (+) sign
    • Using the + sign in a search means that all the words in the search will be contained in the website
    • For example: birds + eagle
    • Greatly reduces hits
  • 8. The minus (-) sign
    • Using the – sign tells the search engine not to include the word
    • For example: birds – eagle
    • Will result in a search on birds without any information on eagles
  • 9. Quotation Marks
    • Using quotation marks around the words in the search mean that phrase is included in the website
    • For example: birds + “North America” – eagle
    • Will result in search of North American birds but nothing about eagles
  • 10. Boolean Operators
    • Use Capital Letters
    • AND
    • OR
    • NOT
  • 11. The host command
    • Again use AltaVista
    • host:gov (only government)
    • host:k12.ma.us (only K-12 schools in MA)
    • host:uk (for country searching us country abbreviation)
  • 12. Country Codes
    • Every country has a code Country Codes
    • http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/text/web_country_codes.html