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Web search2011

  1. 1. Reviewing Search Strategies and Searching the Web <br />Claire Holmes, MLS<br />Instruction Librarian, Cook Library<br />cholmes@towson.edu<br />http://pages.towson.edu/cholmes<br />Twitter: TUEdLibrarian<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Agenda:<br />Review: Research Strategies<br />Continue to brainstorm keywords<br />Web searching and web source evaluation<br />
  3. 3. Remember:“Pre-Searching” is important<br />Find background information<br />Refine research topic<br />Build list of keyword terminology<br />Find links and/or citations to other sources<br />
  4. 4. UseSubject Gateways, Course Gateways for your course or topic…<br />
  5. 5. …and familiar tools to identify websites with academic content.<br />Source: www.wikipedia.org.<br />Source: www.google.com.<br />HINTS:<br /><ul><li>Use the advanced search features of search engines like Google.
  6. 6. Search by DOMAIN.
  7. 7. Search for professional or academic ORGANIZATIONS or ASSOCIATIONS related to your topic … for example, use [organization* or association*] as keywords.
  8. 8. Look for embedded search engines in the websites you find.
  9. 9. Try “related searches” feature when using Google’s search engine.</li></li></ul><li>Understand and use Boolean “search connectors”<br /> education AND technology<br />Combining >1 topic<br />instruct ORteach<br />Combining synonymous terms<br />REVIEW: Search Tips<br />
  10. 10. technology<br />What AND does…<br />education<br />education AND technology<br />
  11. 11. teach<br />What OR does…<br />instruct<br />instruct OR teach<br />
  12. 12. educat*finds… <br />educat<br />educat<br />educat<br />educat<br />e<br />ion<br />ing<br />or<br />…etc!<br />Don’t forget: Truncation helps<br />
  13. 13. Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order)<br />Examples:<br />“No Child Left Behind” <br />“information literacy”<br />Phrase Searching…<br />
  14. 14. Sample topic:<br />How is social networking being used as a learning tool in public schools?<br />First, break the question down into keywords:How is social networking being used as a learning tool in public secondary schools?<br />Don’t forget! Keywords are critical!<br />
  15. 15. Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading.<br />How is social networking being used as a learning tool in public secondary schools? “social network*” learn* “public school*”<br /> facebook teach* secondary<br /> “social network site” instruct* high school*<br /> middle school*<br /> youth <br /> teen*<br />More on keywords…<br />
  16. 16. Putting it all together…<br />How is social networking being used as a learning tool in public secondary schools? “public school*” “social network*” learn* secondary high school<br /> facebook teach* middle school youth “social network site” instruct* teen* <br /> “social network*” OR facebook* OR social network site*<br />AND<br /> learn* OR teach* OR instruct*<br />AND<br /> “public school*” OR secondary OR high school OR teen* <br />
  17. 17. Searching for academic content<br />Articulate your topic by choosing important ideas<br />Brainstorm<br />Ideas  Concept Map  Terminology/Keywords<br />Dig for the content<br />EVALUATE!<br />
  18. 18. Web Source Issue #1: Quality<br />Criteria for evaluation of internet sources:<br />Currency<br />Authority<br />Coverage<br />Relevance & Usefulness<br />Navigation & Ease of Use<br />This information is courtesy of Jan Alexander & Marsha Ann Tate, librarians at Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University. http://www.widener.edu/Tools_Resources/Libraries/Wolfgram_Memorial_Library/Evaluate_Web_Pages/Checklist_for_an_Information_Web_Page/5720/<br />
  19. 19. Web Sources: EVALUATE!<br />Source: http://www.spat.pitt.edu/<br />
  20. 20. Questions? Need help?<br />…feel free to contact me!Claire Holmes, MLS cholmes@towson.edu,<br /> http://pages.towson.edu/cholmes<br />twitter: @TUEdLibrarian, @CookLibraryOfTU<br />Or any librarian:<br /><ul><li>Visit Cook Library Reference Desk
  21. 21. Call: 410.704.2462
  22. 22. IM: (tucookchat)
  23. 23. Text-a-Librarian: # 66746, start your question with askcook</li>