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How Do I Find It On The Net?     Mohsen Rahnamaie   Thousand Oaks Library 03/18/10
Introduction <ul><li>In this presentation, we look at some of the best sites on a variety of topics. </li></ul>03/18/10
Categories <ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Subject lists </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Go...
Search Engines <ul><li>Search engines allow users to find words or subjects on a web-wide scale. </li></ul><ul><li>They se...
Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Ask </li></ul>03/18/10
Google <ul><li>the largest and most popular Internet search engine </li></ul>03/18/10
Google 03/18/10
Google’s Advanced Search 03/18/10
Ask <ul><li>Narrow or broaden your search with possible alternative search terms which appear on the right hand side of th...
Ask 03/18/10
Getting the Most From Your Searches 03/18/10
Getting Started <ul><li>Learn about the various engines  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including help files and  FAQ  files. </li>...
Possible Search Questions <ul><li>Find current gas price for California metropolitan areas  </li></ul><ul><li>Check to see...
<ul><li>What is your question? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the keywords? </li></ul><ul><li>Input the terms. </li></ul><ul><...
Beyond the Search Engines 03/18/10
A Note About Metasearching <ul><li>Metasearch engines search multiple search sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>clusty.com </li>...
Clusty <ul><li>It works as a clustering engine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically organizes the results in meaningful gr...
Subject Lists <ul><li>Subject lists are organized indexes that allow you to browse through lists of web sites by subject o...
Subject Lists <ul><li>Excellent for browsing  </li></ul><ul><li>Like visiting a library </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly defined ...
Who Creates Subject Lists? <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Dot-com businesse...
A Sampling of Subject Lists <ul><li>About.Com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.about.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Refdesk....
About.com <ul><li>1 million annotations. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specialists maintain the topic pages.  </li></ul><ul><l...
RefDesk.com <ul><li>Extensive, searchable collection of links. </li></ul><ul><li>Major Features: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li...
Subject Lists <ul><li>Do not search beyond their user-defined databases -- if they search at all </li></ul><ul><li>Do not ...
Reference Sources <ul><li>Answers.com </li></ul>03/18/10
Answers.com <ul><li>Answers.com offers free access to millions of topics from the world's leading publishers. </li></ul><u...
1-Click Answers Software <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/9y4w7   </li></ul>03/18/10
Government Directories <ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul>03/18/10
USA.gov <ul><ul><li>Official website for searching the U.S. Government  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users can search  by us...
Consumer Information <ul><li>Consumersearch.Com </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov  </li></ul><ul><li>Shopzilla </li></ul>03/18/10
Consumersearch <ul><li>A great starting point to research a product </li></ul><ul><li>Categories include: electronics, aut...
USA.gov <ul><li>The Consumer Guide link on this site is a portal to a broad range of federal information resources availab...
Shopzilla.com <ul><li>One of the largest and most comprehensive online shopping networks on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Fin...
Health Information Resources <ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul><ul><li>NIH Senior Health </li></ul><ul><li>NCCAM </li></ul>03/...
MedlinePlus <ul><li>Sponsored by the national library of medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to search  </li></ul><ul><li>Info...
Senior Health <ul><li>This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Libr...
NCCAM <ul><li>The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agen...
Travel <ul><li>Fodor </li></ul><ul><li>Travelzoo </li></ul><ul><li>Exploritas (Elderhostel) </li></ul>03/18/10
Fodor <ul><li>Excellent interface for researching vacation destinations around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of loc...
Travelzoo <ul><li>Lists sales and specials from more than 300 companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Supersearch option for searchin...
Exploritas (Elderhostel) <ul><li>Provides learning experiences for people 55 and over  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  www.explori...
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  1. 1. How Do I Find It On The Net? Mohsen Rahnamaie Thousand Oaks Library 03/18/10
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>In this presentation, we look at some of the best sites on a variety of topics. </li></ul>03/18/10
  3. 3. Categories <ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Subject lists </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Government directories </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer information </li></ul><ul><li>Health information </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul>03/18/10
  4. 4. Search Engines <ul><li>Search engines allow users to find words or subjects on a web-wide scale. </li></ul><ul><li>They search millions of web documents for your keywords through a computer-created database. </li></ul><ul><li>They allow advanced searching techniques. </li></ul>03/18/10
  5. 5. Search Engines <ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Ask </li></ul>03/18/10
  6. 6. Google <ul><li>the largest and most popular Internet search engine </li></ul>03/18/10
  7. 7. Google 03/18/10
  8. 8. Google’s Advanced Search 03/18/10
  9. 9. Ask <ul><li>Narrow or broaden your search with possible alternative search terms which appear on the right hand side of the Ask results page. </li></ul><ul><li>Point your mouse on the Binoculars icon and a preview of the site will appear. </li></ul>03/18/10
  10. 10. Ask 03/18/10
  11. 11. Getting the Most From Your Searches 03/18/10
  12. 12. Getting Started <ul><li>Learn about the various engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Including help files and FAQ files. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use search strategies -- “build” your search. </li></ul><ul><li>Try more than one search engine. </li></ul>03/18/10
  13. 13. Possible Search Questions <ul><li>Find current gas price for California metropolitan areas </li></ul><ul><li>Check to see if a particular acupuncturist is licensed by the state </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the web address for the Norah Jones fan club? </li></ul>03/18/10 These questions can be answered by using a search engine and appropriate search words.
  14. 14. <ul><li>What is your question? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the keywords? </li></ul><ul><li>Input the terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the results. </li></ul><ul><li>Try again if needed. </li></ul>Search Strategy 03/18/10
  15. 15. Beyond the Search Engines 03/18/10
  16. 16. A Note About Metasearching <ul><li>Metasearch engines search multiple search sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>clusty.com </li></ul></ul>03/18/10
  17. 17. Clusty <ul><li>It works as a clustering engine: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically organizes the results in meaningful groups. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.clusty.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  18. 18. Subject Lists <ul><li>Subject lists are organized indexes that allow you to browse through lists of web sites by subject or topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject lists are created by people. </li></ul>03/18/10
  19. 19. Subject Lists <ul><li>Excellent for browsing </li></ul><ul><li>Like visiting a library </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly defined subjects </li></ul>03/18/10
  20. 20. Who Creates Subject Lists? <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Dot-com businesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But they are probably portals too </li></ul></ul>03/18/10
  21. 21. A Sampling of Subject Lists <ul><li>About.Com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.about.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Refdesk.Com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.refdesk.com </li></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  22. 22. About.com <ul><li>1 million annotations. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specialists maintain the topic pages. </li></ul><ul><li>You can write to the specialists and ask questions. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.about.com </li></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  23. 23. RefDesk.com <ul><li>Extensive, searchable collection of links. </li></ul><ul><li>Major Features: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current News and Weather </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facts-At-a-Glance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help and Advice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.refdesk.com </li></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  24. 24. Subject Lists <ul><li>Do not search beyond their user-defined databases -- if they search at all </li></ul><ul><li>Do not allow advanced search strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes contain dead links if not maintained </li></ul>03/18/10
  25. 25. Reference Sources <ul><li>Answers.com </li></ul>03/18/10
  26. 26. Answers.com <ul><li>Answers.com offers free access to millions of topics from the world's leading publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>Download 1-Click Answers software for Windows and then Alt-Click on any word in any program on your screen for a pop-up window with a concise AnswerTip </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.answers.com </li></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  27. 27. 1-Click Answers Software <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/9y4w7 </li></ul>03/18/10
  28. 28. Government Directories <ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul>03/18/10
  29. 29. USA.gov <ul><ul><li>Official website for searching the U.S. Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users can search by using the search engine or browse by the branch of the government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes state and local government sources. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.usa.gov </li></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  30. 30. Consumer Information <ul><li>Consumersearch.Com </li></ul><ul><li>USA.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Shopzilla </li></ul>03/18/10
  31. 31. Consumersearch <ul><li>A great starting point to research a product </li></ul><ul><li>Categories include: electronics, automotive, office, sports & leisure, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.consumersearch.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  32. 32. USA.gov <ul><li>The Consumer Guide link on this site is a portal to a broad range of federal information resources available online. </li></ul><ul><li> www.usa.gov </li></ul>03/18/10
  33. 33. Shopzilla.com <ul><li>One of the largest and most comprehensive online shopping networks on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the best value for virtually anything you want to buy from thousands of online retailers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.shopzilla.com </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>03/18/10
  34. 34. Health Information Resources <ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul><ul><li>NIH Senior Health </li></ul><ul><li>NCCAM </li></ul>03/18/10
  35. 35. MedlinePlus <ul><li>Sponsored by the national library of medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to search </li></ul><ul><li>Info about diseases, drugs, doctors and hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>www.medlineplus.org/ </li></ul>03/18/10
  36. 36. Senior Health <ul><li>This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institute of Health. </li></ul><ul><li>www.Nihseniorhealth.gov </li></ul>03/18/10
  37. 37. NCCAM <ul><li>The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nccam.nih.gov </li></ul></ul>03/18/10
  38. 38. Travel <ul><li>Fodor </li></ul><ul><li>Travelzoo </li></ul><ul><li>Exploritas (Elderhostel) </li></ul>03/18/10
  39. 39. Fodor <ul><li>Excellent interface for researching vacation destinations around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of local sites and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Reviews of restaurants, hotels, shopping, and handy information like weather and maps </li></ul><ul><li>www.fodors.com </li></ul>03/18/10
  40. 40. Travelzoo <ul><li>Lists sales and specials from more than 300 companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Supersearch option for searching multiple travel sites. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.travelzoo.com </li></ul></ul>03/18/10
  41. 41. Exploritas (Elderhostel) <ul><li>Provides learning experiences for people 55 and over </li></ul><ul><ul><li> www.exploritas.org </li></ul></ul>03/18/10

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