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Info Lit Day 2


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Info Lit Day 2

  1. 1. How to Access Information
  2. 2. <ul><li>FREE Web </li></ul><ul><li>(Google, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Results from general search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Results can be from virtually anyone, anywhere (hobbiest? or scholar?) </li></ul><ul><li>Results can be accessed by anyone with the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Makes the individual solely responsible for determining whether the info is accurate. </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible Web </li></ul><ul><li>(database subscriptions) </li></ul><ul><li>Results not “seen” in the free web. </li></ul><ul><li>Results have been through an editing process (scholars) </li></ul><ul><li>Most can only be accessed via a paid subscription to certain databases </li></ul><ul><li>Helps the searcher insure all info is accurate. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>When it’s OK </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for popular culture/current news </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for multimedia regarding a particular subject </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for personal use </li></ul><ul><li>Searcher is an expert on topic, can evaluate effectively for accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>When it’s NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for purely academic results </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for primary sources and documents </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for photos, etc. that are not in the public domain </li></ul><ul><li>Searcher is a novice to the subject and needs assistance in finding authentic information </li></ul>
  4. 4. NO
  5. 5. How Search Engines Work <ul><li>Crawler-Based- Create their lists automatically by “crawling” the web and people sort through the results. </li></ul><ul><li>Human-Powered Directories- Depends on humans to write a short description of the site to be added to the directory. </li></ul><ul><li>Social Search-NEW Determines relevance based on the contributions & interactions of users. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The BIG Four <ul><li>Google - Crawler-based service is the top choice for most searchers. Tons of features: blogs, scholar, images, books, maps, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo- Web’s oldest directory & now integrates a crawler. Becoming more of a media company than SE. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Live Search (MSN Search)- Prides themselves on being “more precise”. </li></ul><ul><li> (AskJeeves)- Let’s you use “natural language” to ask questions & provides the right answer. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Meta-search Engines <ul><li>Searches are sent to several SEs all at once and blended onto one page. </li></ul><ul><li>Dogpile - Customizable listing. </li></ul><ul><li>Kartoo - Shows the results with sites being interconnected by keywords. </li></ul><ul><li>SurfWax - &quot;SiteSnaps&quot; feature, you can preview any page & see where your terms appear in the document. Allows results to be saved for future use. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Get the most out of your search <ul><li>Use &quot;phrase searching&quot; whenever possible </li></ul><ul><li>Try a title search for subject focus </li></ul><ul><li>Limit to .edu or .gov to exclude most ecommerce sites </li></ul><ul><li>Use link search to find who links to a specific page </li></ul><ul><li>Use the advanced search forms, or at least look to see what it offers. They often include ability to limit search to title, a specific domain, or do a link search. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cool Tricks and Tips <ul><li>Google synonym finder- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syntax is: ~word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example ~obesity ~kids </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will retrieve obese, diet, weight, diabetes, overweight, childhood, child, children, youth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Fill in the blank- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>* can be used as a fill in for any words you may have missed. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Learn the Language <ul><li>Boolean Searching refers to how multiple terms are defined in a search. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Not all searches are the same <ul><li>Try to use a new one each month so you can familiarize yourself with the features of each, you’ll be surprised at the different results each will present! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Organizing <ul><li>Delicious - Store and organize all of your bookmarks, share with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Rolloyo - Create a customized search engine. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Invisible Web <ul><li>Have a plan. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a list of Keywords </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Depending on the Project/Question use Simple Search or go directly to database </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Databases search options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>World Book Online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ebsco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Resource Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrow results with sidebar </li></ul><ul><li>Check your search history </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the Library Media Specialist. That’s why we’re here. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Finding free databases thru Google <ul><li>Use Google and other search engines to locate searchable databases by searching a subject term and the word &quot;database&quot;. If the database uses the word database in its own pages, you are likely to find it in Google. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>plane crash database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>languages database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>toxic chemicals database </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Finding Books <ul><li>Features of Card Catalog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy Categories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search other LSR7 libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Destiny Quest –  new feature </li></ul>
  16. 16. Works Cited <ul><li>&quot;Invisible Web: What it is, Why it exists, How to find it, and Its inherent ambiguity.&quot; The Library-University of California, Berkeley . 14 Jan. 2009 <>. </li></ul><ul><li>Notess, Greg. &quot;Advanced Internet Searching Seminar.&quot; Search Engine Showdown: The Users' Guide to Web Searching . 14 Jan. 2009 <>. </li></ul>