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Title: San%20Domenico%20High%20School%20Online%20Resources%20


1
San Domenico High School Online Resources Web
Searching
  • A practical guide for students

2
Plan Your Search
  • How much time do you have? (For quick searches,
    use a simple keyword search on any search engine
    and hope for relevant hits on the first returns
    page)
  • Search engines keyword searching. How does it
    work?
  • Basic keyword searches cast a VERY LARGE net by
    searching for the word or words anywhere on the
    world wide web whether it appears once or many
    more times on any given page.

3
Pinpointing Your Search
  • More search terms reduces the number of hits
    (more equals less)
  • genocide (12 million hits)
  • genocide sri lanka (730,000 hits)
  • genocide sri lanka (630,000 hits)
  • genocide sri lanka tamils (224,000 hits)
  • genocide sri lankan tamils (150,000 hits)
  • Use Quotations ( ) to search for exact phrases
    and narrow your search

4
Pinpointing Your Search - Continued
  • genocide sri lankan tamils (150,000 hits)
  • genocide sri lankan intitletamils (24,000)
  • genocide sri lankan intitletamils 20092010
    (4,600 hits)
  • genocide sri lankan intitle tamils sitecom
    (681 hits)
  • Use intitle or inurl with a keyword to reduce
    hits
  • Use date range 20072010 to narrow results
  • Use sign to discard keywords or domains

5
Other tips
  • Search a single site sitehttp//www.tamilsagains
    tgenocide.org/
  • Search a single domain siteorg
  • Search a specific countrys websites sitein
    (India)
  • Find country domains at, http//www.iana.org/domai
    ns/root/db/
  • To find a keyword in a long document use Ctrl F
    on PCs or Command F on Macs with the word(s)
    youre searching for
  • Go to http//www.tamilnet.com/
  • Use Command or Ctrl F and search for SLAF (Sri
    Lankan Air Force)

6
Consult a Directory or Ask a Librarian
  • Has your topic already been indexed or cataloged
    for you? (use a directory or database vs. a
    search engine)
  • Google directory, Yahoo directory, Google Scholar
  • If you are stuck or need help with a search, Ask
    or email your librarian
  • sfletcher_at_sandomenico.org

7
Online Catalogs Databases
  • Library Webpage
  • Books
  • OPAC
  • Marinet
  • Proquest Platinum
  • Grolier Online Encyclopedia (World Newspapers)
  • Bookmarked Web Pages
  • Cited Works (bibliography) Help

8
Evaluating A Web Page
  • Check for
  • Authority (who wrote or sponsored it?)
  • Accuracy (errors in spelling/grammar, citations
    or bibliography)
  • Objectivity (is the language or content biased or
    hyperbolic?)
  • Currency (is the information new, updated,
    dates?)
  • Navigability (is the site well-organized, easy to
    read, indexed?)
  • One good
  • One not so good
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