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Searching on the Internet. Where to look. Here a a few Search Engines which you might use to carry out your search. Go to these sites by typing their domain name in the web-address box at the top of your screen. www.yahoo.co.uk www.ask.co.uk www.google.com www.aol.co.uk www.lycos.co.uk

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where to look
Where to look

Here a a few Search Engines which you might use to carry out your search. Go to these sites by typing their domain name in the web-address box at the top of your screen

  • www.yahoo.co.uk
  • www.ask.co.uk
  • www.google.com
  • www.aol.co.uk
  • www.lycos.co.uk
  • www.altavista.co.uk
about search engines
About Search Engines

Search Engines are computer programs which find and retrieve web-sites according to the words and phrases you give it.

  • There are two basic types of Search Engine: ‘Library’ and ‘Open’
  • ‘Library’ Search Engines search through their own selection of sites to find something suitable for your search
  • Open Search Engines search the entire net
which is which
www.ask.co.uk

www.aol.co.uk

www.lycos.co.uk

www.google.com

www.altavista.co.uk

www.yahoo.co.uk

As Library Search Engines are more selective about the web-sites they find, you might want to know….

Which is Which?

OPEN SEARCH ENGINES

LIBRARY SEARCH ENGINES

narrowing your search
Narrowing your Search

The results of your first search may not be what you expected, or relevant to your topic of research. Below are a few hints and tips which might help you find a more useful web-site….

  • Check your spelling
  • Choose your search phrases carefully
  • Be specific
  • Place your search phrase inside speech marks
  • Don’t use small words like ‘the’ and ‘a’
  • Add phrases to explain your search
  • For more ideas and advice on how to search, look at the Search Engines’ help sections
assessing the search results
Assessing the Search Results

Not every web-site suggested by the Search Engine will be of use to you. Before you click on a link, you should make the following checks to make sure the site will be useful to you…..

  • Look at the percentage score for the site -sites below 90% will probably be useless
  • Read the titles of the web-sites brought up by the search - they may be nothing to do with what you are looking for
  • Read the description of the web-site before you click on the link
  • Find a site description which appears to be useful, and click on ‘view similar’ to get a list of sites with similar subject matter
  • If none of the sites suggested seem to be of use, try refining your search further or using a different search phrase
assessing the web site
Assessing the Web-site

Once you have found a web-site to visit, make sure it is going to be as useful as you think. Try the following……

  • Skim read to check that the subject is useful
  • Skim read to check that the level of text is suitable
  • Scan for key words related to your topic
  • Check that the author is reputable
  • Check to see if it is recently written
  • Check whether it has a good visiting rate if this information is available
  • If there are lots of links and adverts, avoid it
remember

REMEMBER!!

The internet is like a huge, disorganised library. It will only be useful if you knowwhat you are looking for and how to look for it.