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  • Searching for Information

    1. 1. <ul><li>Searching for Information </li></ul>Frank Westcott Instructional Technology Specialist Region Two
    2. 2. Three Ways to Find Information Browse Use Web Directories Use A Search Engine
    3. 3. <ul><li>Pre-Web Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>Very Time Consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Could be futile </li></ul>Browse Use Web Directories Use A Search Engine
    4. 4. If I were looking for 3rd Grade Math lessons I would click on Education Then click on K-12 Then click on Mathematics… Lesson Plans… Third Grade… Then browse through the sites they have listed under that heading. Browse Use Web Directories Use A Search Engine
    5. 5. Problems with Directories <ul><li>Problems… </li></ul><ul><li>Time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Info might not be where you think it should be </li></ul><ul><li>Might miss some great sites </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. Health Lessons </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>When should you use a Search Engine? </li></ul><ul><li>You want info quickly </li></ul><ul><li>You know what you are looking for </li></ul>Browse Use Web Directories Use A Search Engine
    7. 7. Home Depot Think of Home Depot as the Internet just about anything that you might need is there, if you can find it. Like the Internet, there are three ways to find what you’re looking for. <ul><li>Browse </li></ul><ul><li>Use Directories </li></ul><ul><li>Find a worker in an orange vest </li></ul>
    8. 8. Google
    9. 9. How to Search Effectively Like the worker in the orange vest at Home Depot, the more information you give the Search Engine the better the chances of finding what you’re looking for quickly. <ul><li>Be Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Use Boolean Operators </li></ul><ul><li>Use Advanced Search Features </li></ul>
    10. 10. Boolean Operators Boolean Operators are terms that you type into the search engine to help refine and narrow your search. They include: AND (+), OR, NOT (-), and NEAR AND (+) heart AND attack Only shows webpages that have the words heart and attack If a page has the word heart but not the word attack It won’t show up in the list
    11. 11. Boolean Operators Boolean Operators are terms that you type into the search engine to help refine and narrow your search. They include: AND (+), OR, NOT (-), and NEAR OR Bronchitis acute OR chronic Will show webpages that have the word bronchitis and will include pages that have the words acute or chronic.
    12. 12. Boolean Operators Boolean Operators are terms that you type into the search engine to help refine and narrow your search. They include: AND (+), OR, NOT (-), and NEAR NOT (-) Atlantis NOT shuttle NOT casino If you’re looking for info on the lost continent Of Atlantis you probably don’t want every webpage That has the word Atlantis. NOT lets you eliminate the pages referring to the Space Shuttle, Casino,etc.
    13. 13. Boolean Operators Boolean Operators are terms that you type into the search engine to help refine and narrow your search. They include: AND (+), OR, NOT (-), and NEAR NEAR dogs NEAR fleas If your dog is scratching a lot he may have fleas. the word dog is NEAR the word fleas. This webpage will show up in your search.
    14. 14. Best Bet – “Use Quotes”
    15. 15. “Quotes” continued <ul><li>Limits search results </li></ul><ul><li>Only matches what you wrote </li></ul><ul><li>Ex. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>third grade math lessons (no quotes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6,680,000 matches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ third grade math lessons” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1,690 matches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Find on this page feature </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Google <ul><li>Search engine or popularity contest? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s a Google bomb? </li></ul><ul><li>www.google.com </li></ul>

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