Searching the Internet Ins and Outs, Dos and Don’ts
Being Careful <ul><li>Anyone can post anything on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Web sources do not have to be proofed for...
Types of Web pages <ul><li>Informative pages </li></ul><ul><li>Personal web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Political/interest gro...
Search Engines-what are they? <ul><li>A search engine is an Internet tool that locates web pages and sorts them according ...
Search Engine Types <ul><li>Directories (like Yahoo) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good at identifying general information </li></...
Meta Search Engines <ul><li>Submit your query simultaneously to multiple search engines by doing a  metasearch . </li></ul...
Asking a question <ul><li>Use common words, or keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid “and” or “not”, use + or – instead </li></...
More hints <ul><li>Some search engines have help pages-read them to find out how to get the most out of your search. </li>...
Things to look for <ul><li>Who wrote the site </li></ul><ul><li>Who published the site </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a point ...
Identify the Web Site <ul><li>The URL (uniform resource locator) can tell you a lot </li></ul><ul><li>Check for the host c...
Popular Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li>Bing </li></ul><ul><li>Wolfram Alpha </li>...
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Basic overview of searching the interent, including safety issues and being aware of the author of the site you are looking at.

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    1. 1. Searching the Internet Ins and Outs, Dos and Don’ts
    2. 2. Being Careful <ul><li>Anyone can post anything on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Web sources do not have to be proofed for accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>There is not central clearinghouse for websites </li></ul>
    3. 3. Types of Web pages <ul><li>Informative pages </li></ul><ul><li>Personal web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Political/interest group pages </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing-oriented or “infomercial” pages </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment pages </li></ul>
    4. 4. Search Engines-what are they? <ul><li>A search engine is an Internet tool that locates web pages and sorts them according to specified keywords. </li></ul><ul><li>searchenginewatch.com is a website that provides detailed information about different search engines. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Search Engine Types <ul><li>Directories (like Yahoo) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good at identifying general information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classifies websites into similar categories like a card catalog in a library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The results of your search will be a list of websites related to your search term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indexes (like Google) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Searches all contents of a website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses software programs called spiders and robots that scour the Internet, analyzing millions of web pages and newsgroup postings and indexing all words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finds specific information such as biographical information </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Meta Search Engines <ul><li>Submit your query simultaneously to multiple search engines by doing a metasearch . </li></ul><ul><li>Momma.com , dogpile.com , and clusty.com are popular meta search engines. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Asking a question <ul><li>Use common words, or keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid “and” or “not”, use + or – instead </li></ul><ul><li>Using + will make your search more focused-you will get fewer hits (pink panther will get things with pink or panther, pink + panther gets things with both) </li></ul><ul><li>Using – also narrows the search (pink – panther gets things with pink but not panther) </li></ul>
    8. 8. More hints <ul><li>Some search engines have help pages-read them to find out how to get the most out of your search. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Things to look for <ul><li>Who wrote the site </li></ul><ul><li>Who published the site </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Are there references to other sources </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information current </li></ul>
    10. 10. Identify the Web Site <ul><li>The URL (uniform resource locator) can tell you a lot </li></ul><ul><li>Check for the host computer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.gov is a government site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.edu is a college or university site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.mil is a military site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.com or .biz is a commercial site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.org is usually a nonprofit site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.net can be anything </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Popular Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li>Bing </li></ul><ul><li>Wolfram Alpha </li></ul>
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