S3 Studying Skills @ Searching the Internet Efficiently & Effectively

S3 Studying Skills @ Searching the Internet Efficiently & Effectively
S3 Studying Skills @
Searching the Internet
Efficiently & Effectively
Information adapted from:
 10 tips for better Internet searching By Alan Norton (Tech Republic)
 Wading Through the Web by www.readwritethink.org
 Web Search Strategies in Plain English on YouTube
And here’s a few more top tips …
Use unique, specific terms
Find Function
Use unique terms that are specific
to the subject you are researching.
Use CtrlF to open up a find function.
For example, if you’re looking for
information on the applications of
Pythagoras’ Theorem, you can
Google Pythagoras, click CtrlF, enter
uses in the Find box, and the word
uses will be highlighted in your list.
This works with any online webpage
or document.
DON’T USE:
 common words
and punctuation
Common terms (like a and the) and
punctuation are usually ignored,
except when they are significant.
For instance, Raven and The Raven
return entirely different results.
 capitals
The following are all equivalent:
technology
Technology
TECHNOLOGY
"technology"
"Technology"
 Suffixes
Enter bird and not birds, walk and
not walked. Except if you are
looking for sites that focus, for
example, on the act of walking,
enter the whole term walking.
Advanced searches
Click the Advanced Search button
by the search box on the Google
start or results page to refine your
search by date, country, amount,
language, or other criteria.
Set a time limit -- then change
tactics
Sometimes, you never can find what
you are looking for, so set a time
limit then try something else:
 Use a different search engine, like
Yahoo!, Bing, Startpage, or Lycos.
 Ask a peer.
 Ask a question in the appropriate
forum.
How can we tell if a website is
trustworthy?
 Record your class list of what to look out
for here:
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