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  • What we call Information Literacy in library land. These are the standards that academic librarians use, teach and reinforce in daily work. Get your mind around what and how much you want to know. A question about herbicides is rather broad. A question about how to make organic herbicides is better. Practice your skills so that you can access quality information quickly. The information might look good on first blush, spend some time making sure it isn't crap. Once you have fantastic information, add it to your knowledge-base. Use the information to accomplish your purpose. Understand that there might be copyright, economic, legal, and social issues or such attached to the information; use information ethically and legally.
  • CRAAP Currency: herbicides have changed over the years, DDT is no longer the best. Relevance: pelargonium vs. geranium Authority: .com vs.. .org., .gov, or .edu Accuracy: reliability of the answer. Yahoo Answers are bad. Wikipedia better but can't count on it, horticulture sites tied to education, government or non-profits are great. Purpose: does the information exist to sell, sway or to inform? Monsanto vs. the Extension Office
  • Quote marks search for exact phrases or exact words The minus sign excludes Asterisk is a wildcard that takes the place of a word
  • Typing AND will combine words The parentheses group words for focused searches The line or pipe ORs words The dots go between numbers for a range, useful for years The squiggle or tilde will find synonyms or similar terms
  • Filetype will search for file types (one can search for Office file extensions as well as other application extensions) Site will search within a specified domain. Both idaho.gov for the state or .gov for all government sites can be specified with Site Define will give a dictionary definition Related finds similar sites. Related:zamzows will find all the sites that are similar to Zamzows
  • Google search tools
  • Google advanced search http://google.com/advanced_search
  • Google books http://books.google.com
  • Google scholar http://scholar.google.com
  • Soople.com doesn’t seem to be around anymore. I used the Internet Archive to get a screen shot, last crawled April 30, 2013.
  • Take one or two of these new ways of searching and practice with them. Then add a couple more. Which might you start using?
  • Google for Master Gardeners

    1. 1. Google for GardenersGoogle for Gardeners Rachel Hollis
    2. 2. Search StrategySearch Strategy Form question & its scope Efficiently & effectively access information Evaluate information critically Incorporate information into knowledge- base Use information well Understand ramifications of information use
    3. 3. The CRAAP method forThe CRAAP method for informationinformation Use CRAAP when evaluating information. •Currency: The timeliness of the information •Relevance: The importance of the information to your needs •Authority: The source of the information •Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness & correctness of the content •Purpose: The reason the information exists
    4. 4. You want to find out about…You want to find out about… Tomato mosaic virus Beetle larva How to build a twig arbor Organic herbicide recipes
    5. 5. OperatorsOperators Refine: •“” = search for exact phrases or exact words •- = excludes •* = wildcard
    6. 6. Basic SearchBasic Search Beetle larva = implied AND “Beetle larva” = quotes make a phrase “Beetle larva” -carpet = minus excludes “Beetle larva” -carpet Boise = additional terms Boise “beetle larva” -carpet = changing position Boise “* larva” = wildcard
    7. 7. More OperatorsMore Operators Boolean: •AND = combines •() = group words for focused searches •| = OR Refine: •.. = number ranges •~ = synonym
    8. 8. Even More OperatorsEven More Operators Filetype: search for file type extension (doc, ppt, xls) Site: search within a specified domain (idaho.gov) Intitle: & allintitle: words must appear in title Inurl: & allinurl: words must appear in URL Define: glossary definition Related: finds similar
    9. 9. Trickier SearchTrickier Search ~twig (arbor | trellis) filetype:pdf = synonym with grouped OR & in PDF form ~twig (arbor | trellis) “how to” 2009..2013 = phrase searching with year range “how to * * twig trellis” = phrase searching with wildcards
    10. 10. Specialized SitesSpecialized Sites • Google search tools • Google advanced search –http://google.com/advanced_search • Google books –http://books.google.com • Google scholar –http://scholar.google.com • Soople.com is a search site that does much of the work for you
    11. 11. ConclusionConclusion What can you do today that will improve your searching?
    12. 12. ReferencesReferences Information Literacy Standards from the American Library Association ◦ http://bit.ly/14IfpaP CRAAP method ◦ http://bit.ly/12YtmUf Google Power Search by Stephan Spencer

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