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  1. 1. Searching on the Internet
  2. 2. Where to look <ul><li>www.yahoo.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.ask.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.aol.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.lycos.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.altavista.co.uk </li></ul>Here a a few Search Engines which you might use to carry out your search. Go to these sites by typing their domain name in the web-address box at the top of your screen
  3. 3. About Search Engines <ul><li>There are two basic types of Search Engine: ‘Library’ and ‘Open’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Library’ Search Engines search through their own selection of sites to find something suitable for your search </li></ul><ul><li>Open Search Engines search the entire net </li></ul>Search Engines are computer programs which find and retrieve web-sites according to the words and phrases you give it.
  4. 4. Which is Which? <ul><li>www.ask.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.aol.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.lycos.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.altavista.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>www.yahoo.co.uk </li></ul>OPEN SEARCH ENGINES LIBRARY SEARCH ENGINES As Library Search Engines are more selective about the web-sites they find, you might want to know….
  5. 5. Narrowing your Search <ul><li>Check your spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your search phrases carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Place your search phrase inside speech marks </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use small words like ‘the’ and ‘a’ </li></ul><ul><li>Add phrases to explain your search </li></ul><ul><li>For more ideas and advice on how to search, look at the Search Engines’ help sections </li></ul>The results of your first search may not be what you expected, or relevant to your topic of research. Below are a few hints and tips which might help you find a more useful web-site….
  6. 6. Assessing the Search Results <ul><li>Look at the percentage score for the site -sites below 90% will probably be useless </li></ul>Not every web-site suggested by the Search Engine will be of use to you. Before you click on a link, you should make the following checks to make sure the site will be useful to you….. <ul><li>Read the titles of the web-sites brought up by the search - they may be nothing to do with what you are looking for </li></ul><ul><li>Read the description of the web-site before you click on the link </li></ul><ul><li>Find a site description which appears to be useful, and click on ‘view similar’ to get a list of sites with similar subject matter </li></ul><ul><li>If none of the sites suggested seem to be of use, try refining your search further or using a different search phrase </li></ul>
  7. 7. Assessing the Web-site <ul><li>Skim read to check that the subject is useful </li></ul><ul><li>Skim read to check that the level of text is suitable </li></ul><ul><li>Scan for key words related to your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Check that the author is reputable </li></ul><ul><li>Check to see if it is recently written </li></ul><ul><li>Check whether it has a good visiting rate if this information is available </li></ul><ul><li>If there are lots of links and adverts, avoid it </li></ul>Once you have found a web-site to visit, make sure it is going to be as useful as you think. Try the following……
  8. 8. REMEMBER!! The internet is like a huge, disorganised library. It will only be useful if you know what you are looking for and how to look for it.
  9. 9. HAPPY SURFING!!

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