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WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
WHPL Internet and Searching Basics
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WHPL Internet and Searching Basics

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Class on internet use and searching taught at the West Haven Public Library in West Haven, CT.

Class on internet use and searching taught at the West Haven Public Library in West Haven, CT.

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  • 1. Internet and Searching http://www.westhavenpl.org/
  • 2. Web Browser: Internet Explorer URL- Address Navigation- Back & Forward Search Box
  • 3. W W W Web page – a single document or page on the world wide web. Website – a group of related web pages with a common address.
  • 4. URL (Uniform Resource Locator) The address that connects you with a website. Parts of the URL http://www.westhavenpl.org/ http:// = protocol called Hypertext Transfer Protocol www. = World Wide Web westhavenpl = domain name .org = domain type Domain Types .com = commercial .org = generally nonprofit organizations .edu = higher education .gov = U.S. government agency
  • 5. Search Engine <ul><li>Definition </li></ul><ul><li>A website that indexes billions of pages and sites on the world wide web. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>largest </li></ul><ul><li>a Directory – organizes by subject </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft product </li></ul><ul><li>a metasearch engine </li></ul><ul><li>Just to name a few! </li></ul>
  • 6. Search Engines http:// www.google.com http:// www.yahoo.com http:// www.bing.com http://www.dogpile.com
  • 7. How to Search <ul><li>Search Box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy but returns LOTS of results! </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Modifying Results <ul><li>Boolean Operators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Definition: A way of combining words to make your search more specific. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> AND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> NOT </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. AND <ul><li>+ will narrow by specifying that ALL words must be present in the search results. </li></ul><ul><li> France +travel </li></ul>
  • 10. OR <ul><li>OR will broaden by specifying that EITHER word must be present in the search results. </li></ul><ul><li>France OR travel </li></ul>
  • 11. NOT <ul><li>- will narrow by specifying that ONE word must be excluded in the search results. </li></ul><ul><li> France -travel </li></ul>
  • 12. Modifying Results <ul><li>Quotation marks “ ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a phrase search with the exact words in the exact order. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google, Dogpile, and other true search engines allow you to use parameters to help adjust your search. </li></ul></ul>
  • 13. Evaluating Websites <ul><li>Accuracy Who wrote the page? Can you contact them? What is the purpose or why was it created? </li></ul><ul><li>Authority What credentials are listed for the author(s)? What institution publishes this? Check the domain . </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity How detailed is the information? Why was this site created? Does the information show a minimum of bias? </li></ul>
  • 14. Evaluating Websites <ul><li>4. Currency When was it created? When was it last updated? Are the links current and live? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Coverage What is the intrinsic value of the information? Is the material in-depth? Is the information provided cited? Is the information free? </li></ul>
  • 15. URL (Uniform Resource Locator) The address that connects you with a website. Parts of the URL http://www.westhavenpl.org/ http:// = protocol called Hypertext Transfer Protocol www. = World Wide Web westhavenpl = domain name .org = domain type Domain Types .com = commercial .org = generally nonprofit organizations .edu = higher education .gov = U.S. government agency
  • 16. <ul><li>Adapted from “Google, Yahoo! and More…” deerfieldlibrary.org </li></ul>

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