How To Effectively Search the Internet


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  • Directories were once used in a people sorted drill down type approach. The link would have been assigned a spot. TODAY (April 2011) TAGs are used and various tags can be assigned to a link. Doing a search on a specific tag or combination of tags will return links in a variety of ways. Diigo, Delicious, eg.Only as good as people assign the tags though!!Find a good person who is doing it and join their group – specialists!
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  • How To Effectively Search the Internet

    1. 1. How to Effectively Search the Internet<br />Kristin Trace<br />Technology Consultant<br />
    2. 2. Updated Version<br />This show has been updated to replace an older version that has been floating around the internet for about 8 years<br />Although the basic skills from the previous version are transferrable to today – some things have changed – most notably the way in which we can tag resources<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    3. 3. Ways to Search<br />Using the Best Tools for the Job<br />Search Engines<br />Directories Tagging <br />Other<br />Maps<br />Archives<br />People<br />Journals<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    4. 4. Search Engines<br />Computer sorted<br />Results are based on really complicated equations<br />Some may also incorporate a paid ranking<br />Computer finds keywords<br />YOU need to be specific to find what you really want<br />Some Tips on this will follow (BOOLEAN STRATEGIES)<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    5. 5. Search Engine Examples<br />Google<br />Yahoo<br />Bing<br />Ask<br />AOL<br />*These are the top search engines for 2010.<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    6. 6. Boolean Strategies<br />This is what most people do and no more:<br />Pick your keywords<br />college course computers<br />PRACTICE:<br /> Go to Google and type in the phrase:<br />college course computers<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    7. 7. Boolean Strategies OR <br />Used for words which have commonly used synonyms<br />Our example course probably has some commonly used synonyms<br />Go to and click on Online Edition and type in the word course beside LOOK IT UP<br />Several synonyms come up: eg. Curriculum, syllabus, course of study<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />1/31/2011<br />
    8. 8. Boolean Strategies OR <br />PRACTICE:<br />Go to Google and type in <br />college program ORsyllabusORcourse of study computer<br />NESTING (using brackets) should help better define the results <br />Separates one term from the synonyms<br />PRACTICE:<br />Go to Google and type in<br />college (program ORsyllabusORcourse of study computer)<br />Different results?<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    9. 9. Boolean Strategies –<br />Tells the search engine to return results eliminating keywords commonly found with another keyword<br />PRACTICE:<br />Go to Google and type in maple leaf<br />Notice how many references to hockey there are! <br />Now try maple leaf –leafs <br />the – needs to be directly beside the word you are eliminating with no space between them<br />Are your results different?<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    10. 10. Boolean Strategies “phrases”<br />Putting your keywords directly in quotations will return phrases exactly as is<br />PRACTICE:<br />Type in your name egJohn Smith<br />Now type in your name in quotation marks<br />eg“John Smith”<br />Note the difference!<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    11. 11. Boolean Strategies Wildcard *<br />A wildcard will find commonly associated terms in a phrase<br />PRACTICE:<br />Type in test your IQ and look at the results<br />Next type in the * (shift 8) before IQ: test your * IQ<br />What is different?<br />This is also useful when arguing over misheard song lyrics!<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    12. 12. Synonymous Terms ~<br />Used when there may be more than commonly used term<br />PRACTICE:<br />Type in diseases of the heart<br />Next type in diseases of the ~heart<br />What is different?<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    13. 13. Special Google Terms (con’t)<br />intitle:restricts searches to titles of websites<br />intitle:”basset hound”<br />inurl:restrictssearches to the URL of websites<br />inurl:bassethound<br />site:restricts searches to a type of website or domaine<br />autism site:edu<br />intext:restricts searches to find words that are in the text of a webpage<br />intext:"potato blight"<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    14. 14. Special Google Terms (con’t)<br />link:finds all websites linking to a specific website<br /><br />inanchor:finds all websites linked from a specific website<br /><br />filetype:finds files with specific filename extensions <br />”student achievement” filetype:ppt<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />
    15. 15. Special Google Terms (con’t)<br />related:findsall websites similar to a specific URL<br />related:<br />Try Google Advanced Search too!<br />1/31/2011<br />Western School Board of PEI<br />