Tools, Tips & Tricks
Ten Tips for Searching the Web
||Just because you find it on the web does not mean it is true or accurate!|
||Narrow your searches to be more
using " ", + or - signs or other Boolean Logic formats. Visit the
specific search engine's help or advanced searching section for more
information to improve your chances of finding information you want.
||Choose the best search engine(s) for the job. Try more than one search engine and compare results. Don't forget to use sites maintained by reputable experts such as the electronic databases found at InfOhio (including Britannica,SIRS & EBSCO).|
because an item is
mean it is the best resource.
In fact, on many sites the first 5 to 10 entries are there because their
owners paid the search engine company to put them there!
||Pay attention to the addresses of
especially the part following the "dot" which gives some indication of
type of site (.com,
.gov, .edu, .net, etc.).
||Sites with very similar names are easily confused. Some parties prey upon the searchers with these sound alike sites or take over abandoned domain names.|
||Sites with a "~" character in them are usually personal opinion sites even if the rest of address points to a university or other usually reliable source of information.|
||Get to the "root" of the site. Starting from the right, delete parts of an address to get to main or sponsoring site. For example- starting with http://www.uakron.edu/biology/bathpres.html, takes you to the Bath Nature Preserve, removing "bathpres.html" takes you to the Biology Dept and removing "biology/bathpres.html" takes you to the University of Akron main home page.|
work and about the search engine industry.
Remember most are there to make money!
||Research the sites that you find.
Who runs the site, how reliable is the information, is it out of date,
does it contradict other reliable resources, how has the site changed
over time, etc.
Few Quick Comments about
Searching the Internet & Search Engines
|Sites About Search Engines||
Engine Watch. com
Searching Tips, Search Engine Listings, Reviews & Ratings,
Submission Tips and Search Engine Resources
(Warning the site is sponsored by a commercial search engine optimize company)
Engine Comparisions, News, Features, Analysis, Opionions, Statisitcis
and more. "The User's Guide to Searching"
view from the other side of your computer screen. Learn how companies
optimize their sites to rank high on search engine results.
"SearchEngines.com is a resource for industry and manufacturing professionals who are interested in online advertising and search engine marketing."
|The Spider's Apprentice
||www.monash.com/spidap.html||"The Spider's Apprentice, Spidap, is not another search engine. Our purpose is to help you understand and use search engines. How do they work? Why do certain results come up frequently and others not at all? Which search engines are most useful and efficient? How can you improve your searches and find what you want more easily?"|
|Site Pro News||www.sitepronews.com/index.html
to businesses that host commercial sites and marketing a web site
engine "Pay to Play"
most popular words being searched at Google.
"Zeitgeist: Search patterns, trends, and surprises"
top 50 entertainment terms being searched for at Lycos (Music, Movies,
Celebrities, Sports, etc.)
& Tips for
Resources, Lessons & Ideas
Alan November's Excellent Site "Grammar of The Internet, Information Literacy".
|The Virtual Chase - Tools & Resources to Evaluate Research Information||Although
designed for researchers in the legal professions, this site has
valuable resources and tips to help you search the web and judge the
quality of information & content from the web sites
Evaluating the Quality of Information Found on the Internet
Based on five criteria--
Scope of Coverage, Authority, Objectivity, Accuracy and Timeliness
|How Credible is the
|Discusses how the domain where information is found can influence credibility of information found on a site. Trusting the pages creator(s) and sponsoring organization. Date of publication, pay to list and other factors that may effect creditably.|
|Learning About Searching||Link to a variety of ways to learn more about searching and search engines|
|Search Engines 101||"A guide to how search engines work"|
to Searching the Web (be aware there are many sponsored & fee
|Search Engine Showdown||Guide
to Using Search Engines' Features
and Search Engine News
||Factors that influence listing position of sites found in a search.|
|Search Engine Commands, Symbols & the Magic ":"||Charts
of features available on variety of search engines, commands to use
features,searching symbols used in Boolean Math and more!
||Focuses on internal search tool technology for within web sites|
Search Engine Database. Extensive listing (hundreds) of Search
Engines including many niche search engines. Main focus for webmasters
and others involved in maintaining web sites and their interaction with
Sites for Information Literacy-
Learn How to Evaluate
What You Read or View
ACRL- Information Literacy Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association Literacy Coaching Resources
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Information Literacy Resources for Those That Teach It
The Big 6™- Information Skills for Student Achievement The Big6™- Developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is the most widely known and widely used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world. BBC- Links to Literacy Games for Elementary School Students
BBC's (Britsh Broadcasting Company's) School Resources.
The Information Literacy Game University of North Carolina Greensboro Library Department
Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
University of Texas Austin, System Digital Library
S.O.S. for Information Literacy
InformationLiteracy.org-- "A dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos & other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy."
From Wikipedia, "the free encyclopedia"
OWLS- Online Workshops for Library Skills
Humboldt State University Library's information literacy program
Games for Teaching Information Literacy Skills Library Philosophy and Practice 2007 - Felicia A. Smith, University of Notre Dame
Published by University of Idaho Library.
Critical Media Literacy:
"Read, Write, Think" Lesson Plans from National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Pacific Bell/UCLA Initiative for 21st Century Literacies 21st Century Skills
"EnGauge" Series from North Central Regional Educational Laboratory® (NCREL) DISCOVER Information Literacy
YouTube - Video by Campbell, Heller, Horney & Slater
Evaluating Internet Resources
The Teacher Tap 21st Century Skills
"EnGauge" Series from North Central Regional Educational Laboratory® (NCREL)