Savvy Searching: Strategies for More Effective Web Searching

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<ul><li> 1. Tech Tuesday<br />September 28, 2010<br />Savvy Searching:Strategies for more effective Web searching<br />Lisa J.M. LinfieldTechnology Education SpecialistCooperative Extension Technology Services<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Why be savvy?<br />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!<br />- The Official Google Blog2008<br /> 3. Today we will explore<br />Web search tools<br />Strategies to make Web searches more effective<br />Clues to look for when evaluating Websites for credibility<br /> 4. Search Engine Sampler<br /> 5. plus a few hundred more!<br /> 6. Search process<br /> 7. Strategy<br />Be as specific as you can with keywords<br />Synonyms?<br />Try to put main keyword first<br />Learn one or two search engines well<br />Know some advanced searching features (Look for the HELP tool)<br />Boolean searching (AND, NOT, OR)<br />Exact phrase, exclude/include words, site specific searching, specific doc types, etc.<br /> 8. ABCs of Savvy Searching<br />Authorityand Accuracy<br />Bias or Balance<br />Currency andCompleteness<br /> 9. Authority and Accuracy Clues<br />Links to biographical statements <br />Copyright symbol <br />Tilde ~ in URL<br />Contact info for author or organization <br />Parody or satire?<br />Grammatical or spelling errors<br /> 10. Bias or Balance Clues<br />Type of site (blog, scholarly journal, etc.)<br />URL (.edu, .gov, etc.)<br />About This Site<br />Requests for money, time, registration<br />Evidence/documentation<br />Ads <br /> 11. Currency and Completeness Clues<br />Relevant hyperlinks<br />Links to outside sources<br />Page revision or creation dates<br />Dated materials<br />Under construction<br /> 12. For further learning<br />Web Search Strategies in Plain English<br />Research Help from Steenbock Library<br />Google Search Cheat Sheet<br />Bing Search Tips<br />Comprehensive List of Search Engines (descriptions)<br />Choose the best search engine for your information needs<br /></p>