Navigating the Web Tips and tricks to help you find your way
First things first: plot a strategy <ul><li>What exactly are you trying to find?  </li></ul><ul><li>What keywords best des...
Know where to look:  search engine <ul><li>A directory of websites on all possible topics </li></ul><ul><li>Relies on the ...
Know where to look:  database <ul><li>A subscription search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Covers a specific type of information...
Know where to look:  library catalog <ul><li>Library catalogs help you find books, web sites, and programs that may aid yo...
Choosing your keywords <ul><li>Are there any unique words associated with your search topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Do any of y...
Making Google work for you <ul><li>Search a phrase: “I will always love you” </li></ul><ul><li>Provide definitions: define...
Remember:  <ul><li>Google only searches 10 words at a time.  </li></ul><ul><li>Google doesn’t index everything. New conten...
Evaluating a web site <ul><li>Who authored the web site? Is there contact information available? </li></ul><ul><li>When wa...
Still aren’t sure about a web site? <ul><li>Consult with a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Email us at  [email_address]  or ca...
Web sites that rate web sites <ul><li>Check out these evaluative web sites: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.100bestwebsites.o...
Words of wisdom about the Web <ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, not everything can be found on the Internet </li></ul><u...
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Navigating The Web

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Navigating The Web

  1. 1. Navigating the Web Tips and tricks to help you find your way
  2. 2. First things first: plot a strategy <ul><li>What exactly are you trying to find? </li></ul><ul><li>What keywords best describe the information in question? </li></ul><ul><li>What larger (broader) grouping would this information fall into? </li></ul><ul><li>What businesses, groups, or organizations would hold this type of information? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Know where to look: search engine <ul><li>A directory of websites on all possible topics </li></ul><ul><li>Relies on the use of keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Will search any web site, including both factual and opinion-based sites </li></ul><ul><li>-------------------------------------------------------- </li></ul><ul><li>Check out: www.google.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Know where to look: database <ul><li>A subscription search engine </li></ul><ul><li>Covers a specific type of information </li></ul><ul><li>Usually has to be accessed through library or a school </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the Westerville Library’s databases www.westervillelibrary.org/library_collections/index.html </li></ul>
  5. 5. Know where to look: library catalog <ul><li>Library catalogs help you find books, web sites, and programs that may aid your search </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries take the guesswork out of evaluating the authority of web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries can help you find similar information on a certain topic using subject headings. </li></ul><ul><li>_____________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our library: www.westervillelibrary.org </li></ul>
  6. 6. Choosing your keywords <ul><li>Are there any unique words associated with your search topic? </li></ul><ul><li>Do any of your keywords have a second (or third) meaning? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think of any synonyms for your keyword(s)? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Making Google work for you <ul><li>Search a phrase: “I will always love you” </li></ul><ul><li>Provide definitions: define:internet </li></ul><ul><li>Perform calculations: 4+4 </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “similar pages” link provided with each hit </li></ul><ul><li>From any web browser, on any web site, you can use “Ctrl F” to search for specific words </li></ul>
  8. 8. Remember: <ul><li>Google only searches 10 words at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Google doesn’t index everything. New content appears daily, and not all content on the web is free. </li></ul><ul><li>Start with the most specific search possible, then whittle it down from there. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Evaluating a web site <ul><li>Who authored the web site? Is there contact information available? </li></ul><ul><li>When was it last updated? </li></ul><ul><li>Are claims and facts backed up by references? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the web site clean and easy to use? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Still aren’t sure about a web site? <ul><li>Consult with a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Email us at [email_address] or call us at (614) 882-7277 ext. 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Ask an expert on the subject </li></ul>
  11. 11. Web sites that rate web sites <ul><li>Check out these evaluative web sites: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.100bestwebsites.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ala.org/ala/rusa/rusaourassoc/rusasections/mars/marspubs/MARSBESTIndex.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1633488_1639316,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.searchengineguide.com/degeyter/010297.html </li></ul>
  12. 12. Words of wisdom about the Web <ul><li>Contrary to popular belief, not everything can be found on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Not everything on the Internet is free </li></ul><ul><li>Outdated and incorrect information does exist on the Web </li></ul><ul><li>You may run across a web site that you find distasteful </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet is always changing </li></ul>

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