Advanced Searching Tips and Techniques
Search Engines: Search Engines are Web sites that contain a searchable database of Web sites. They use “spiders” or robots to search the Web regularly for new sites. Some of these “spiders” are programmed to look for a key word anywhere on a web page, others are programmed to look just for key words in the Web address (URL) or title of the page.
may already be familiar with and use several common search engines. You
may also have been frustrated by finding several thousand search
results to choose from when you've performed a search for information
on the Internet. At the same time, you may also have searched for
resources and come up with the message that zero resources are
available. To some extent the key words you have chosen and how you
choose to put them together will alter the results of your search.
Although you may still come up with irrelevant sites, narrowing your
search using advanced searching techniques will help you better find
the resources you are looking for.
Today World Wide Web offers many search tools that can be divided into three categories: Search Engines, Directories and DataBases, and Meta Searches (also called Mega Search).
Try at least one in each category to see the difference between them.
The InFoPeople Search Tools Chart gives an excellent overview of several search engines and the best way to narrow your search for each.
Some search engines and directories have special filters for kids or especially designed for kids. They will filter out web sites that are rated as adult and will give only student appropriate pages.
Here are some of them:
Awesome Library: http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
Education World: http://www.education-world.com/
Fact Monster: http://www.factmonster.com/
Family Source: http://www.family-source.com/
Kid Search Tool: http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm
Search Edu :
Teach- nology: http://www.teach-nology.com/
Tech-mom search tool for kids:
Ask Jeeves for Kids: www.ajkids.com
More about filters for kids and kids appropriate web-sites in the article "Kids Search Engines" from SearhEnginesWatch.com
The following Web sites will help you to narrow your searches so that you will achieve more useable results. Read through each and choose the one you like best to help you narrow your searches. Then, use the above search engines to try your key words and the techniques you've learned from the following searching tutorials and searching guides. If necessary adjust or change your key words as you search.
Go to the assignment section and respond to assignment 1.
Evaluating Web Resources
Just because something is published does not mean that it is a valid resource. How can you be sure the information you and your students find represents factual information? How can you find sites that will hold your students' attention long enough for them to gather the information they need? The following Web sites offer guidelines, rubrics and check lists for evaluating Web resources. Explore these resources, then choose the one you like the best.
Go to the assignment section and respond to assignment 2.
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