Searching:
The Internet at your fingertips
edtech4k12
Donna Baratta
Searching: The Basics
Effective Keyword Searches
• Develop a list of key words for your topic that
you can use when conduc...
Effective Keyword Searches
• Start searching by using the most important
keyword or synonyms
• Add additional keywords to ...
Example: What’s for dinner?
Pasta + dinner
Pasta + dinner+ fettucini
Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo
Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo +
bacon
Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo +
bacon + low fat
Key ideas!
• Using a combination of keywords can help
refine search results.
Evaluating Search Results
• Even after refining our search using
combinations of keywords, we still have a
tremendous amou...
Examine the URL
• First, look at URL (Internet address) endings
• Typical URL endings:
– .com or .net = commercial sites
–...
Be aware!
The first few results
(also known as “hits”)
are often
advertisements.
Companies pay the
search engine a fee for...
Skim and Scan: URL endings
US Government
Commercial
United Kingdom
Organization
Once you
have
evaluated
URL
endings,
read the
summaries.
Use the
information
provided to
decide if the
site is worth
your ...
Questions & Answers for Each Site:
• Who posted the site?
– The author or organization name should appear
on the site.
• W...
No Easy Answers
• There are no easy answers to which Internet
sites are reliable and which are not.
• Each site must be ex...
Happy Effective Searching!
• Now that you know the basics, you can save
time and search more effectively!
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Searching: The Internet at Your Fingertips

  1. 1. Searching: The Internet at your fingertips edtech4k12 Donna Baratta
  2. 2. Searching: The Basics Effective Keyword Searches • Develop a list of key words for your topic that you can use when conducting searches online (Only ask.com handles complete sentences known as semantic search.) • Look for keywords related to your topic in textbooks, articles, videos, and online resources such as Wikipedia
  3. 3. Effective Keyword Searches • Start searching by using the most important keyword or synonyms • Add additional keywords to refine search results. • See the power of keywords in action! Let us examine a search using keywords that everyone can relate to, a search for dinner recipes.
  4. 4. Example: What’s for dinner?
  5. 5. Pasta + dinner
  6. 6. Pasta + dinner+ fettucini
  7. 7. Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo
  8. 8. Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo + bacon
  9. 9. Pasta + dinner+ fettucini + alfredo + bacon + low fat
  10. 10. Key ideas! • Using a combination of keywords can help refine search results.
  11. 11. Evaluating Search Results • Even after refining our search using combinations of keywords, we still have a tremendous amount of sites to look at. • How do we decide which sites are worth our time?
  12. 12. Examine the URL • First, look at URL (Internet address) endings • Typical URL endings: – .com or .net = commercial sites – .org = organization – .edu = educational site – .gov = US government site – .ca signifies a Canadian site; countries have their own unique individual endings
  13. 13. Be aware! The first few results (also known as “hits”) are often advertisements. Companies pay the search engine a fee for this placement. Sidebar “results” are not search results at all. They are paid advertising spots.
  14. 14. Skim and Scan: URL endings US Government Commercial United Kingdom Organization
  15. 15. Once you have evaluated URL endings, read the summaries. Use the information provided to decide if the site is worth your time.
  16. 16. Questions & Answers for Each Site: • Who posted the site? – The author or organization name should appear on the site. • What is their purpose in posting? – Information? Bias? Selling a product? • How can you confirm authority of the author? – Google the author’s name and check results • When was the site posted? Is it current? – The date should be posted on the site
  17. 17. No Easy Answers • There are no easy answers to which Internet sites are reliable and which are not. • Each site must be examined carefully for authority, purpose, content, and currency.
  18. 18. Happy Effective Searching! • Now that you know the basics, you can save time and search more effectively!

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