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Everyday Search

  2. 2. EVERYDAY SEARCH Do you have a computer at home?
  3. 3. EVERYDAY SEARCH Do you have a laptop?
  4. 4. EVERYDAY SEARCH Do you have a tablet?
  5. 5. EVERYDAY SEARCH Do you have a mobile phone?
  6. 6. EVERYDAY SEARCH Is your mobile phone always with you?
  7. 7. EVERYDAY SEARCH Can your mobile phone browse the Internet?
  8. 8. EVERYDAY SEARCH If you answered yes to any of these questions you probably search every day.
  9. 9. EVERYDAY SEARCH Perhaps you use different methods and strategies, depending on your need.
  10. 10. EVERYDAY SEARCH And chances are, you do this all without thinking, as if was second nature.
  11. 11. BUT How effective are your searches?
  12. 12. BUT How do you know you are finding the best information?
  13. 13. BUT When do you stop searching?
  14. 14. BUT Is there more out there you just aren't finding?
  15. 15. BUT If you don't find it right away on Google does it mean it doesn't exist?
  16. 16. A FAMILIAR SCENE You are hanging out with some friends and someone asks a question.
  17. 17. A FAMILIAR SCENE What time is that movie showing? Where is that theater? Who's the director?
  18. 18. A FAMILIAR SCENE No one knows the answer, but quickly someone grabs a phone and looks it up.
  19. 19. A FAMILIAR SCENE Where they look for the answer and how they look for it depend on the question, but likely they start somewhere like Google.
  20. 20. A FAMILIAR SCENE We search so frequently that we rarely take the time to step back and think about what we are doing.
  21. 21. A FAMILIAR SCENE Nor do we think too hard about our methods.
  22. 22. TROUBLE IN PARADISE Unless...
  23. 23. TROUBLE IN PARADISE Unless... we don't find what we want. TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  24. 24. There can be many reasons why we don't find what we want. TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  25. 25. How many pages of results will you look at? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  26. 26. How will you revise your search? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  27. 27. Will you follow the search engine's guidance? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  28. 28. Will you turn to a specialized source? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  29. 29. Will you use advanced search options? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  30. 30. When will you give up? TROUBLE IN PARADISE
  31. 31. FOR EXAMPLE A friend recommends a book called The Information.
  32. 32. FOR EXAMPLE They think you'll like the characters. You have a new iPad, so you want the eBook.
  33. 33. FOR EXAMPLE I'll just Google it
  34. 34. FOR EXAMPLE So you search Goggle by typing The Information
  35. 35. FOR EXAMPLE But....
  36. 36. FOR EXAMPLE There is a recent, popular non-fiction book by James Gleick.
  37. 37. FOR EXAMPLE And an album by Beck.
  38. 38. FOR EXAMPLE And a rock band.
  39. 39. FOR EXAMPLE And lots of other stuff.
  40. 40. FOR EXAMPLE And none of this sounds like the book your friend told you about.
  41. 41. FOR EXAMPLE So you try again. This time you search the information book or maybe you try the information ebook
  42. 42. HOW ABOUT THIS? What problems do you think will happen with these searches?
  43. 43. FOR EXAMPLE So you think, hummm, who has lots of books and ebooks?
  44. 44. FOR EXAMPLE Amazon maybe.
  45. 45. FOR EXAMPLE So you go to Amazon. You are tired of bad results so you 1. select Books from the drop-down and 2. search the information
  46. 46. FOR EXAMPLE You get a lot of results. The first one is that Gleick one again.
  47. 47. FOR EXAMPLE But then there is The Information by Martin Amis. This sounds more like it.
  48. 48. FOR EXAMPLE But, Amazon does not seem to have an eBook available. So what now?
  49. 49. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
  50. 50. LESSONS By choosing to go to Amazon we decided to use a specialized tool.
  51. 51. LESSONS Then we used an effective strategy by looking only at books.
  52. 52. LESSONS In academic research, you will need to figure out when to use specialized tools too.
  53. 53. LESSONS Choosing to use Amazon is actually much like choosing a certain database because it has extensive coverage for a particular discipline.
  54. 54. LESSONS Choosing the right tool for the search is crucial.
  55. 55. LESSONS Choosing the right tool for the search is crucial. because the Internet is big and search engines do not show you everything
  56. 56. LESSONS Choosing the right tool for the search is crucial. because the Internet is big and search engines do not show you everything but more on this later
  57. 57. LESSONS Using appropriate strategies to search efficiently will save you time.
  58. 58. LESSONS Although our search did not end at Amazon, we found the author and added their name to our search.
  59. 59. LESSONS Then we found the eBook version from the publisher.
  60. 60. LESSONS Thus making our search more accurate
  61. 61. LESSONS Thus making our search more accurate effective
  62. 62. LESSONS Thus making our search more accurate effective and efficient.
  63. 63. REVIEW So now you are getting some ideas about how you can apply and translate your everyday search skills to academic research.
  64. 64. NEXT STEPS You will learn how to take your skills to the next level, so that you can use the library, scholarly databases and the Internet to their fullest potential.