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Searching The Internet


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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.

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