Preparing To Search The Internet Helping Students Search Effectively Mrs. Kotsch Librarian St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School c2004 Surfing is not searching. “ Computers download information — They do not teach you to think. Computer education imparts technical skills;
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Helping Students Search
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School c2004
“Not all the information that exists in the world is on the Internet--
Not all the information that is on the Internet is accurate.”
An hour on the Web may not answer a question that you could find within two minutes of picking up a reference book.
If you are looking for information about life on the planet Mars, you don’t want sites popping up about the Roman god of war.
Put that in your list of words you don’t want to see.
What other words might be connected with your topic that will send you to useless sites?
Use Boolean operators to combine your most important terms.
mars AND planet AND life NOT god
you WERE looking for information about the Roman god of war? The Greeks referred to him as “Ares”, so now your search will look like this….
Notice the quotation marks around the phrase “god of war”
Instead of looking through the categories in a search directory, you can put in your terms in their search bar, but it will only look through the sites that have been included within that directory—not the entire web, unless indicated.
“Let the buyer beware”
Adams, Joyce. “How Vatican II changed the face of the
Catholic Church.” Catholic News Service. 2 Sept. 2003.
13 Oct. 2003 <http://www.catholicnews.net/
You leave “electronic footprints” wherever you go on the web.
Dodge, Bernie. “Seven Steps to Better Searching.” San Diego State University College of Education. July 8, 1999. 15 Nov. 2001.<http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/staffdev/tpss99/searching/
Knowledge is power.