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Welcome to TETC Fall 2001 Creating an Online Reference Page Creating an Online Reference Page A Librarian’s View of the Internet Provides massive quantities of data Requires extensive screening to cull needed information Concerns about reliability, authority, and authenticity

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welcome to tetc fall 2001

Welcome to TETCFall 2001

Creating an Online

Reference Page

a librarian s view of the internet
A Librarian’s View of the Internet
  • Provides massive quantities of data
  • Requires extensive screening to cull needed information
  • Concerns about reliability, authority, and authenticity
  • Premium services available, but expensive
hardware related issues
Hardware-Related Issues
  • Having a sufficient number of computers
  • Finding space for desktop computers
  • Funding for hardware
  • Memory lock-ups/crashes
  • Printer problems
  • Student supervision

Despite the associated management

issues, the Internet is a vital and

exciting ADDITION to the resources

of a modern (“21st Century”) library.

using the internet for reference
Using the Internet for Reference

1. Know what resource to use and when

a particular resource would be advantageous.

2. Subscribe to TEL (Tennessee Electronic Library

To have access to premium resources that would

otherwise be very costly.

3. Know the capabilities and advantages of different

search engines and use those which are most

appropriate for your information needs.

premium databases
Premium Databases

A premium database is an online service

which provides access to a database upon

payment of a subscription fee.

Ex. Proquest, Electric Library, OED.

These are excellent information services, though online versions

may not always have full-text and graphics comparable to the

print version.

tel tennessee electronic library
TEL: Tennessee Electronic Library

This premium database provides FREE ONLINE ACCESS

to Tennessee schools and libraries. This service, supported

by state and federal funds, is administered by the Tennessee

State Library and Archives.

Register at the following address:


choosing a search engine
Choosing a Search Engine

Remember . . .

All Search Engines are NOT created equal !!

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Choosing a Search Engine


Though some resources, such as Yahoo and

Magellan are directories rather than actual

Search Engines, they will be examined with the

Search Engines as they are used in a similar manner.

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Choosing a Search Engine
  • Largest Coverage of the Web:
  • (Search Engine Showdown; 10-29-2001)
  • Google!
  • Fast (All the Web)
  • MSN
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Choosing a Search Engine
  • Largest Coverage of the Web:
  • (Lawrence & Giles in Nature, Vol. 400, pp. 107-109, 1999.)
  • Northern Light
  • AltaVista!
  • Snap
  • HotBot
  • MSN Search
  • Infoseek
  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Excite
  • Lycos
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Choosing a Search Engine
  • Largest Coverage of the Web:
  • (SearchEngineWatch.com)
  • Google
  • Fast (All the Web)
  • Northern Light
  • HotBot (Inktomi)
  • iWon (Inktomi)
  • AltaVista
  • Yahoo—Google
  • Excite
  • Yahoo—Inktomi
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Choosing a Search Engine
  • Accuracy:
  • John Dvorak, PC Magazine
  • Lycos
  • AltaVista!
  • Northern Light
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Choosing a Search Engine
  • Popularity:
  • Sharah Thomas, Computer Shopper, 10-14-1999
  • Yahoo!
  • Go.com
  • Lycos
  • Excite
  • AltaVista!
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Choosing a Search Engine

User Friendliness:

Google! And Raging Search

Yahoo and Yahooligans (Yahoo for Kids!)

Natural Language:

Ask Jeeves and AltaVista

Pictures and Sounds:


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Choosing a Search Engine
  • “BEST”:
  • SquirrelNet's Top 20 Search Engines
  • We rate the search engines based on the value they
  • add to your internet experience. We focus on quality
  • rather than size.
  • GoTo.com
  • Yahoo!
  • Google
  • Sprinks
  • About.com
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Choosing a Search Engine
  • My Recommendation:
  • Google
  • HotBot
  • AltaVista!
  • Northern Light
using search engines
Using Search Engines
  • Know the Capabilities of the Search Engine
    • How does it search?
    • Does it allow Boolean operators?
    • (and, or, not etc.)
    • Does it allow natural language?
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Using Search Engines
  • Select Search Terms Carefully
    • Begin by being as specific and restrictive as possible.
    • Broaden search if necessary using synonyms.
    • Use Boolean operators (and, or, not etc.)
    • Use natural language engines to broaden search.
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Using Search Engines
  • Use More Than One Search Engine
  • No single search engine covers the entire Internet.
  • Each Search engine has strengths and weaknesses
  • Choose the search engines most likely to meet
  • your particular research needs.
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Using Search Engines
  • Use Meta- Search Engines Carefully
  • Search a variety of search engines simultaneously.
  • Strength: Large number of “hits.”
  • Weakness: Many extraneous “hits.”
  • Example: Dogpile, Mamma
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Using Search Engines

Guides for Further Study:

The Scout Toolkit

Ask Scott

How to Search the Web

Sink or Swim: Internet Search Tools & Techniques

Mining Company’s Web Search Guide

Power Searching for Anyone

The Spider’s Apprentice

Search Engine Showdown

guide your students to the best sites
Guide Your Students to the Best Sites!

Guide your students to the most effective

information sites and search engines by creating

your own web site with links to the sites you

want them to access and set it as the default home

page on your browser.

For example: Talbott Virtual Library

B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper

where do i begin
Where Do I Begin?
  • Create page using Netscape Composer or other
  • user-friendly software (i.e. Microsoft Front Page).
  • Post page on your local school or system website or host
  • on free site such as Geocities.
  • Set as the homepage on the computer your students will
  • use to access the internet.