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Key ideas on how to create a good search query. It's more than typing a sentence or phrase into Google or Bing!

Key ideas on how to create a good search query. It's more than typing a sentence or phrase into Google or Bing!

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  • 1. Searching!!
    • The Good Hunts --- and why they save you time!
  • 2. Search Query's
    • How do you start a search?
    • A good strategy is to work out your search on paper before going to the computer.
    • Select the major concepts to be searched.
    • Use these keywords to find search terms that match. Try using the database thesaurus to find appropriate search terms.
  • 3. Some Problems with ‘Google’ Searches
    • Google’s “strategies” are not universal
    • There are good Google searches and bad Google searches
    • Searching rules are not really rules
    • The rules are really for databases and advanced search screens
    • Most people don’t find or use the advanced screens or the databases
  • 4. Boolean Search Terms: Here’s how they work
    • When using AND, you only receive pages including both of your search terms, though not necessarily next to one another.
    • When using OR, you receive pages containing either one or both of your search terms.
    • The NOT operator is used to find pages including only the first term and excluding the second term.
    • Boolean Machine courtesy of Rockwell Schrock
  • 5. The Boolean Machine by Rockwell Schrock
    • AND
    • OR
    • NOT
    Try This Yourself
  • 6. “ Phrase searching”
    • One of your best searching tools!
    • Use only for legitimate phrases, names, titles
        • Best example -- “vitamin A”
        • “ John Quincy Adams”
        • Titles “An Officer and a Gentleman”
        • “ to be or not to be”
    • Phrase searching is sometimes overused: not every group of words is a phrase
    • Sometimes “ANDing” is a better strategy
  • 7. Keyword Searching
    • You are a detective and the only clues you have for a missing persons case are the words "red," "blue," and "green," these people could be a match. This is keyword searching.
    • RED + BLUE + GREEN
  • 8. Field Searching
    • If instead you knew your person had a red tie , blue shirt , and a green beret , you have a better chance of finding the right person. This is field searching.
    • Tie:RED and Shirt:BLUE and Beret:GREEN
  • 9. Search Query Exercise
    • Click here to try the exercise
    • From the UW Will program
  • 10. Topic : Contemporary music and teaching reading and/or writing
    • Major concepts :
    • Select the concept terms that would best fit this search :
    • Classical music and classroom
    • Music and teaching
    • Contemporary music and teaching and reading/writing
    • Teaching rock music and reading/writing
  • 11. Search terms that can be used to find the three main concepts
    • Contemporary Music Teaching Reading/Writing
    • Popular music Instruction Literacy
    • "Rock and Roll“ Learning Writing
    • Techno Music Pedagogy Composition
    • Heavy Metal Music Reading
    • Rap Music
    • Hip Hop
    • Try it yourself!
  • 12. Choose the right search engine for your information need!
    • Choosing the Best Search Tool (Debbie Abilock)
    • Getting Started: Selecting a Tool for your Search – Even Google has choices!
    • Google Print - Search the full text of books
    • Google Scholar - Search scholarly papers
    • Google Directory for a subject approach
    • Google Images
  • 13.  
  • 14. Search Tools – which is best?
  • 15. Our Resources
    • Check out the library database page! It’s the home of the good stuff!!