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  • 1. Tech Tuesday
    September 28, 2010
    Savvy Searching:Strategies for more effective Web searching
    Lisa J.M. LinfieldTechnology Education SpecialistCooperative Extension Technology Services

2. Why be savvy?
Recentlyour systems that process links on the web to find new content hit a milestone: 1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once!
- The Official Google Blog2008
3. Today we will explore
Web search tools
Strategies to make Web searches more effective
Clues to look for when evaluating Websites for credibility
4. Search Engine Sampler
5. plus a few hundred more!
6. Search process
7. Strategy
Be as specific as you can with keywords
Try to put main keyword first
Learn one or two search engines well
Know some advanced searching features (Look for the HELP tool)
Boolean searching (AND, NOT, OR)
Exact phrase, exclude/include words, site specific searching, specific doc types, etc.
8. ABCs of Savvy Searching
Authorityand Accuracy
Bias or Balance
Currency andCompleteness
9. Authority and Accuracy Clues
Links to biographical statements
Copyright symbol
Tilde ~ in URL
Contact info for author or organization
Parody or satire?
Grammatical or spelling errors
10. Bias or Balance Clues
Type of site (blog, scholarly journal, etc.)
URL (.edu, .gov, etc.)
About This Site
Requests for money, time, registration
11. Currency and Completeness Clues
Relevant hyperlinks
Links to outside sources
Page revision or creation dates
Dated materials
Under construction
12. For further learning
Web Search Strategies in Plain English
Research Help from Steenbock Library
Google Search Cheat Sheet
Bing Search Tips
Comprehensive List of Search Engines (descriptions)
Choose the best search engine for your information needs