Tips and Techniques
are Web sites that contain a searchable data base 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 words in the Web
address (URL) or title of the page.
You 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.
Next go to Google's
and explore ways you can more effectively use the Google search
engine. Be sure to click on the Special
Features link. Read the information on downloading PDF files. If you
have a personal or project Web site posted, or if you want to find out
who is linked to your favorite Web site click on the Find
Out Who Links to You link. Try this feature and see what results you
get. You might be surprised.
on Advanced Search
Fill out their
advanced search form with your key words and see what kind of results you
Commonly Used Search Engines
InFoPeople Search Tools Chart gives an excellent overview of serveral
search engines and the best way to narrow your search for each.
Web sites will help you narrow your searches so that you will acheive 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.
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'
atttention 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.