WEB SITEE VA L U AT I O N A N DSEARCH ENGINE TIPS
STUDENTS AND SEARCHINGEven when high school students found a good source, they did not recognize it and instead tried a new search. Shu Hsien L. Chen (2003)Northwestern University study found that students‟ level of faith in their search engine of choice is so high that they do not feel the need to verify for themselves who authored the pages they view or what their qualifications might be. Eszter Hargittai, et al Northwestern University Int‟l J. of Communications (2010)
STUDENTS AND SEARCHINGNot one of the 600 college students surveyed “could give an adequate conceptual definition of how Google returns results…the word „magic‟ came up a lot.” Kolowich, ERIAL study (Illinois 2010)When middle and high school students were surveyed about how they start a search, the majority said “I type a question.” Dulcinea Media New York (2010)
STUDENTS AND SEARCHINGA majority of students:• Don‟t know how to form a sound search query• Don‟t have a strategy for dealing with poor results• Can‟t articulate how they know content is credible• Don‟t check the author or date of an article.
WHY SHOULD I CARE? Because your teachers do!And because you want to find the most relevant, mostaccurate sites/sources that you can when doing research. Web Evaluation
SPAM CLOCK CHECK THE URL BEFORE YOUCLICK!!! Screen capture from http://www.spamclock.com/ taken Sept. 8, 2011.
GOOGLE TIPS-N-TRICKS• Exact Phrase Searching – surround a phrase with quotes; i.e., “symptoms of chicken pox”. Otherwise, Google will just locate these words either separately OR together.• Negative Searching - Use the "-" symbol when you want Google to find pages that have one search word on them, but you need it to exclude other words commonly associated with that search word. (e.g. professional athletes – basketball)• Number Ranges – add two numbers, separated by three periods, with no spaces, into the search box along with your search terms. You can use this number range search to set ranges for everything from dates (Al Capone 1920...1930) to weights (500...1000 lb pumpkin).• Definitions – type define: and then your word and Google will come back with several definitions• Domain Search – to limit your results to a specific domain (.gov, .edu, .org), simply type your search term and then site: and then the domain. Don’t forget the period! (site:.edu) Google Search
REMEMBER...Check your websites for:• Authority• Currency• Purpose• Accuracy• URL
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