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    1. 1. Can I Google better than I Google now? How not to get umpteen thousand responses when all you need is one. A beginner’s guide
    2. 2. Is Google all there is? <ul><li>Obviously not. It is one of the big ones, but there are alternatives. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Irreverent fill in slide
    4. 4. So let’s Google better. <ul><li>Describe your search as completely as possible to narrow -- don’t capitalize, Google is case insensitive. (eg. a search for carnivore obtains a game, a type of animal and an FBI program, so specify your term) </li></ul><ul><li>Add quotes to limit search to those sites with this specific phrase: “history of chocolate” </li></ul><ul><li>Limit search to specific sites or file types: “ history of chocolate” filetype:ppt </li></ul><ul><li>+ to include; - to exclude (no spaces) </li></ul>Most search engines have an advanced search similar to Google’s Go see William the conker (er)
    5. 5. Boolean Logic for Searches <ul><li>AND -- This is assumed by Google. No need to add it in. eg. Chocolate AND cadbury = chocolate cadbury </li></ul><ul><li>OR -- finds either term =chocolate OR cadbury </li></ul><ul><li>Stemming now works! Still use your wildcards: whole words only; * = any word </li></ul><ul><li>Nested Boolean Searches </li></ul><ul><li>chocolate AND [diet OR health] </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t discard spelling errors </li></ul><ul><li>Try doing it double! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>internet internet </li></ul></ul>To be or not to be…
    6. 6. Narrowing the search even further. <ul><li>Special Syntax </li></ul><ul><li>filetype: </li></ul><ul><li>intitle: </li></ul><ul><li>allintitle: </li></ul><ul><li>site: </li></ul><ul><li>intitle & site: (combo) </li></ul><ul><li>intext: </li></ul><ul><li>related: </li></ul><ul><li>Date Range </li></ul><ul><li>Remember it’s in Julian </li></ul>There are many converters available, don’t worry… <ul><li>Stop words </li></ul><ul><li>I, a, the, of. etc. </li></ul>Put them in quotes. For the maths dept only: site:com site:edu assumes an AND. Use this to make it OR something (site:edu | site:com)
    7. 7. Directories <ul><li>When you go to the library, you have: subject, author, title, etc, searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly you stick to ‘subject’. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s what you can do with Google too. </li></ul>The Directory describes the whole web site, so the result is a reduced subject specific search.
    8. 8. Remember this about Google <ul><li>Advertising, you can pay to have sites ranked at the top </li></ul><ul><li>Results listing is not accurate; it is transitory </li></ul><ul><li>Will not show more than 1000 results per search </li></ul><ul><li>Will not search more than ten words in search box use your wild cards here, they don’t count </li></ul><ul><li>Won’t show more than two results per site </li></ul><ul><li>Google gives its highest rating to sites that have lots of links from other sites. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Sample searches <ul><li>william the conquor e r Incorrect spelling but still 140 results </li></ul><ul><li>william the conqueror Better but now 142,000 results </li></ul><ul><li>“ william the conqueror” Even better now only 79,600 </li></ul><ul><li>“ william the conqueror” site:edu More educational and only 2,800 results </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;william the conqueror&quot; site:edu from the directory Now really focused and only 321 results </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;william the conqueror&quot; site:edu filetype:ppt Now seriously focused and only 38 results </li></ul>Feeling really lucky? Use the button: results =1
    10. 10. Some more cool stuff <ul><li>Google Labs – the coolest feature of all </li></ul><ul><li>Google calculates! </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate in words </li></ul><ul><li>Google defines </li></ul><ul><li>Google translates </li></ul><ul><li>Look up the news </li></ul><ul><li>Where to get pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Speak: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Swedish chef </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elmer Fudd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Klingon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go shopping with Froogle or catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>Give the sets a go </li></ul><ul><li>Join a group (ok, this is daggy but some people like it) </li></ul><ul><li>Try the definitions search box for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>maths or irrational number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>teacher </li></ul></ul>Try converting celsius to fahrenheit and more
    11. 11. Google Whacking <ul><li>The ‘game’ of finding 2 words searches (no quotes) that yield only one result. </li></ul><ul><li>hobo matureness </li></ul><ul><li>gigolo whitethroat </li></ul>
    12. 12. Cheat Google
    13. 13. So why bother with anything else? <ul><li>Unseen WEB – Google doesn’t get to everything You may need to use other engines in conjunction </li></ul><ul><li>Quality, specific Information – demands better searching skills </li></ul><ul><li>Nature of Structured Documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Search Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you are looking for a more obscure site </li></ul><ul><li>You may be searching a material type that another </li></ul><ul><li>search engine will do better </li></ul>chance… all search engines search a slightly different database - you just might be luckier with another!
    14. 15. So what are our alternative engines? <ul><li>Meta search engines </li></ul>... search several different search engines simultaneously, and return first 10 or so hits from each. they’re fast, but may miss potentially useful sites not included in first 10. BUT Using Ixquick and then Dogpile search for “ cyberlaw ” Which display do you prefer and why?
    15. 16. Other alternatives being… <ul><li>Meta-Searches; these organize links received from searches by more then one search engine. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> Clip Art </li></ul><ul><li> pictures and similar </li></ul><ul><li> MP3 audio </li></ul>General-Searches; http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http:// http://
    16. 17. Search Engines For k-12 Students <ul><li>Examples of search engines for k-12 : </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>!/ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Other search engines for kids: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestion : </li></ul><ul><li>Choose one or two you like and bookmark them for your class to use. </li></ul>These sources are organized and filtered for student use
    17. 18. Choosing the right SE for your requirements
    18. 19. Monitoring SE performance Have a look at tools such as Search engines vary in size … but remember that size isn’t everything Using Search Engine Watch , decide which is the second-largest search engine
    19. 20. Top-of-the-Pops search terms <ul><li>View a “live,” </li></ul><ul><li>unedited list </li></ul><ul><li>of today’s top </li></ul><ul><li>Dogpile and </li></ul><ul><li>MetaCrawler </li></ul><ul><li>search terms </li></ul>at