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Tips for Effective Internet Searching

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Ashley Knapp

on 24 January 2014

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Tips for Effective Internet Searching
Today's presentation is going to broaden internet searching tips for a variety of search engines.
For More information specifically on Google and Google Searching Tips see last year's presentation linked here:


Metasearch Engines
Google, Yahoo, and Bing are all metasearch engines
These only cover a superficial part of the web
Some search engines have access to sources that others will not - important to expose students to different resources
All are updated at different frequencies as well
Sample Search Engines for You and Students
Searchenginecolossus.com - international directory of search engines

This allows you to search authentically and if you are working in chrome you have the capabilities of automatically translating as well.

General Search Engine Tips:
Google Custom Search Engines
Sign in to your Google Account -
Go to the Apps Tab and select “Even More From Google”
Find Custom Search Engine -
Ashley Knapp

A search engine for students
Over 35,000 sites that website creators have ensured the credibility of.
A subject catalog designed specifically for academics.
Wolfram Alpha - Computational Search Engine:
Fast Fact information - Compare Data and find statistical information about search elements.
Use double quotes for results with exact words or phrase. Example: “Animal Farm”

Boolean operators are good for more specific results
Always capitalize these when using search engines AND, NOT, OR (you can also use the + or - signs).

The Tilde ~
will return words that are synonyms for your key word
(Google and some search Engines have algorithms in place that will find a lot of these anyway)

site: shortcut
For example:
Iraq site:nytimes.com
will return results from the New York Times with the word Iraq in it. If the search used
Iraq New York Times
it would return all sights from the New York Times and other sites mentioning both terms.

The asterisk
can be used in a search where one or more words of the phrase are missing or to search different forms of the word - Canad* = Canada, Canadian
Control "F" creates search box within the websites you are using for information and highlights your key terms.

Use filetype: in your querys to look for a specific type of file when searching

Most of the web’s data is data (different files) and not web pages. Once students learn the names of file types they can improve their searches immensely
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