STUDENT RESOURCES

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Search Engines

Directories

Reference

Dictionaries

Citing Your Sources

Search Skills / Tips

Boolean Logic

Using the word AND between two words or phrases finds pages with both words or phrases. (Ex. computers AND teaching; looks for both terms)

Using the word OR between two words or phrases finds pages with at least one of the words or phrases (Ex. computers OR teaching; looks for at least one of the terms)

Using NOT between two words or phrases finds pages with the desired word/phrase where the second word/phraase is not included (Ex. computers AND NOT teaching; looks for pages containing computers but not teaching)

Search Results

What does the URL (Uniform Resoure Locator or address) say about the producer of the website? Look at the final syllable in the address of the website. (Ex. www.whitehouse.gov is a Governmental Agency and www.lesley.edu is an Educational site)

  • .gov - US Governmental Site
  • .net - Internet Service Provider
  • .com - Commercial Site (for profit entity)
  • .edu - Higher Educational Site
  • .mil - US Military Site
  • .org - Non-Profit Organization (may be charitable, religious, or a lobbying group)
  • .us, .jp, .ru, .ca, .au, etc- Country Identifiers

Other Tips

To find all the pages that containing the variations of a word (Ex. child children, childhood, etc. type child*)

To pages containing an image or picture type image: or picture: before the item you are looking for ( Ex. image: butterly or picture: butterfly)

To find the selected keyword(s) in the title of a webpage type title: and the word in quotations (Ex. "title: jazz")

To exclude or include a certain type of host from the search put + or - and type "host:" and the host edu, com, org, or gov. (Ex. +host:edu will include educational sites) 

References

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask. 7/2704.[http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html] 11/5/06.

Evaluating Web Sites. 9/9/2003.[http://www.lesley.edu/library/guides/research/evaluating_web.html] 11/5/06.

Hickey, Kathy. Methods of Evaluation. 7/1/02.[http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/wp/credibility/page3.html] 11/5/06.

Teachers' Guide: Citation of Sources - Sixth, Seventh, and Eigth Grades. 10/29/04.[http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/tg/678.html] 11/5/06.