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Advanced Internet Searching

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Karl Drinkwater

on 25 October 2012

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Transcript of Advanced Internet Searching

The Internet Search engines Steps in a search Search terms, tips
and concepts Evaluation Other tools and
information types Organisation Advanced Internet Searching Karl Drinkwater kkd@aber.ac.uk ? Synonyms and alternative words
Search options in Google
Refining and examples
Have a go Who?
Where? Who wrote it?
Can you contact them?
Is there an ‘About’ button on a website?
What are their credentials? [Authority]
Are they associated with a reputable institution?
Is it peer-reviewed or quality controlled?
Look at grammar and spelling. What is the site or item about?
What is its purpose?
At what level is it written?
What does the URL of the website tell me about it?
What aspects of the website make it easy or difficult to use? When was it last updated?
On websites look for indications that the page is regularly updated.
Beware of websites that contain many broken links.
In printed material check the date of publication. Why did the author write it and publish it?
Is the source biased or impartial?
Is advertising clearly differentiated from content information?
Why is this website or printed item useful for my research? Where does the information come from?
Verify content. Look for fully cited sources of information.
Where does it link or refer to? Gateways
History / Internet archives
CreativeCommons material
Google toys Tips for Google searches Tilde
Used in front of a word to force synonyms. Example:

Quotation marks
Used for phrase searching. Example:
"the who"

Plus sign
Used to force inclusion of words, in that exact form.

Minus sign
Used to exclude words. Examples:
jaguar -cars -os
virus -computer

Broadens a search with synonyms, related words or alternative spellings. Example:
ireland OR eire

Used to represent an unspecified word (can be used more than once). Example:
The quality of * is not strained Web crawlers
Search queries
Different search engines
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