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Vandenbosch2010 04-13search the-internet

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How to search the internet more effectively. A slide presentation by Tom Vandenbosch to an audience of educational textbook writers (ANAFE)

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Vandenbosch2010 04-13search the-internet

  1. 1. How to Search the Internet More Effectively? Tom Vandenbosch t.vandenbosch@cgiar.org
  2. 2. Introduction: research and the Internet   The Internet can be a great tool for research, but finding quality web materials and using them to your advantage can be challenging. By the end of this session, you should be able to do a more targeted Internet search.
  3. 3. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  4. 4. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  5. 5. How search works
  6. 6. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  7. 7. What now? Keyword search...
  8. 8. Search techniques: How can I find what I'm looking for? discussion
  9. 9. Tips for selecting keywords 1 3 Think how the page you are looking for will be written. Use the words that are most likely to appear on the page. Describe what you need with as few terms as possible. 2 4 Choose descriptive words.
  10. 10. How to find those “perfect keys”? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What is it I’m looking for? (think about common keywords) How would someone else talk about it? (what words would they use? how would THEY describe it?) Which of those terms would be most common? Which of those terms would be very specialized to this topic? What kind of thing would make me happy? (do I want a single web page, a definition, a collection, an image.... or …?)
  11. 11. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  12. 12. Basic search commands “…” Exact phrase “I hate the Internet” - To exclude a search term (forbidden terms) Words starting with cow -mad Adjacent words trees NEAR farms To require all search terms agroforestry AND Faidherbia * NEA R AND + OR To require any search terms people* +agroforestry +Faidherbia Project OR programme
  13. 13. Advanced search commands filetype: Restrict search to specific filetype zoology filetype:ppt site: Specific domain or country search site:.edu, site:.ke, site:.org related: Web pages similar to related:iucn.org a specified web page Modified after a given after:MM/DD/YYYY date Modified before a before:MM/DD/YYYY given date after: before: define: Provides a definition of words define:agroforestry
  14. 14. Search options What happens if you click on Show options ?
  15. 15. Using search options
  16. 16. Using advanced search
  17. 17. Advanced search
  18. 18. Advanced search
  19. 19. Advanced search
  20. 20. Language tools
  21. 21. Language tools
  22. 22. Google Scholar  http://scholar.google.com  Peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and other scholarly literature
  23. 23. Google Books  http://books.google.com  Google Book Search index matches your search terms—you see “Book Results.” These links will lead you to a library or online store where you may borrow or purchase the books.
  24. 24. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  25. 25. Validate the authority Pair share brainstorm ideas: How do you decide if something is true? discussion
  26. 26. Why evaluate web sources? Any person can publish anything on the Internet.  Web sources do not have to be professionally accepted or edited.  Some personal sites are used to express individual opinions about issues, but not necessarily the facts. 
  27. 27. You be the judge       Who is the author? Who is the publisher? What is the point of view? Are there references to other sources? How current is the information? …
  28. 28. Examine for credibility    Credibility may be compromised by intentional misinformation or by unintentional neglect. Locating the name of the site’s creator may be challenging. Credentials may be missing even if the author’s name is provided.
  29. 29. Organic results and sponsored links Organic (or natural) search results Sponsored links (advertising)
  30. 30. Outline of the presentation How search works  Selecting keywords  Your search toolbox  Basic search  Advanced search  Search options  Google Scholar, Google Books  Validating web sources  Some final words 
  31. 31. Some final words     There is also the Deep Hidden Web, or the Invisible Web. The Internet is not the only place to find information. While it abounds with a wealth of information, it is not as good for historical information. Visiting the library should always be a consideration in conducting research. Visit http://tinyurl.com/pb48m to view the pros and cons with library vs. Internet research.

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