BIPRA Conference 2013 Internet Searching

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A presentation given to the 11th Annual Conference of the British-Irish Parliamentary Reporting Association giving tips and advice on searching the internet more efficiently and effectively

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BIPRA Conference 2013 Internet Searching

  1. 1. Internet Research BIPRA Conference 2013 Susan Mansfield
  2. 2. Overview By the end of this session you should be able to:  Search the internet faster  Search the internet more effectively  Get better results from your internet searches
  3. 3. Should I use a search engine?  Get familiar with a few good sources  Bookmark these – Shared bookmarks?  Be aware of commercial websites
  4. 4. Which search engine to choose? • Google • Yahoo Search • Bing Keyword • Yahoo Directory • Exalead Index Directory Category • Mamma • ForelookMeta • http://www.philb.com/webse.htm List of search engines
  5. 5. Specialist Search Engines • www.acronymfinder.com (human edited) • www.abbreviations.com Abbreviations and acronyms • http://www.synonyms.net Synonyms and antonyms • http://www.definitions.net Definitions and translations • http://www.phrases.net Phrases and idioms • http://www.quotes.net Quotes and sayings • http://www.lyrics.netMusic and lyrics • http://greatpdf.comPDFs and ebooks • www.taforum.org.uk Associations and organisations
  6. 6. How do search engines work  Robots and spiders  Author registration  Ranking – Is word in title element/page heading/URL – How often does word appear (as a percentage of total words) – How close are the words to each other
  7. 7. The case against Google  Results vary (.com or .co.uk?)  Bits are broken  Personalisation  Wikipedia  Google is an advertising company
  8. 8. Basic Google searching  Start broad and narrow down by adding keywords  Don’t use too many words  Use words that the website will use  Beware - Google can go its own way
  9. 9. Search operators  Basic search – Smoking packaging  Search for an exact word or phrase – “seize the day”  Exclude a word (can also be used for a site) – restrictive covenant -employment – restrictive covenant -site:wikipedia.org  Include a word – +Smyth  Include a "blank“ for unknown word(s) – “Sawbridgeworth * Women’s Institute” – “Sawbridgeworth * * Institute”
  10. 10. More search operators  Search for either word – “civil partnership” OR marriage  Synonyms – ~marriage  Nesting and compound searches – (“domestic partnership” OR marriage) -“Proposition 8” ~legislation California
  11. 11. Advanced Google searching  Proximity – Sawbridgeworth AROUND(3) Institute  Search within a site or domain  marriage site:scottish.parliament.uk  marriage site:.parliament.uk  Marriage site:.uk
  12. 12. Filtering by content type  Web  Images  Maps  Videos  News  Shopping  Books  Places  Blogs  Flights  Discussions  Recipes  Applications  Patents
  13. 13. Filtering by search tools  Publish date  Reading level  Verbatim search  Images  Dictionary tool  Personal  Nearby  Visited pages/Not yet visited  Pages from a particular country
  14. 14. Handy Lookups in Google  Definitions – define:suffice  Clock – time Vancouver – sunrise Vancouver – sunset Vancouver  Weather – weather Vancouver – weather (current location)  Flight information – TS297  Conversions – 4 inches in mm – £100 in Canadian currency – 42 in Roman numerals  Calculations – 14*42/12+2-11 – cos etc.
  15. 15. Getting help  susan.mansfield@scottish.parliament.uk  www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html

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