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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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    • Searching!!
      • The Good Hunts --- and why they save you time!
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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 http://kathyschrock.net/rbs3k/boolean/
      AND OR NOT
    • The Boolean Machine by Rockwell Schrock
      • AND
      • OR
      • NOT
      Try This Yourself
    • “ 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Search Query Exercise
      • Click here to try the exercise
      • From the UW Will program
    • 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
    • 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!
    • Choose the right search engine for your information need!
      • Choosing the Best Search Tool (Debbie Abilock) http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html
      • 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
    •  
    • Search Tools – which is best?
    • Our Resources
      • Check out the library database page! It’s the home of the good stuff!!