Presentation on theme: "Insurance and Risk Management Internet Searches Overall Objective: –On completion of the three course modules, you should be able to obtain and evaluate."— Presentation transcript:
Insurance and Risk Management Internet Searches Overall Objective: –On completion of the three course modules, you should be able to obtain and evaluate insurance and risk management information more effectively and efficiently through the Internet.
Course Modules Module 1: Internet Searches for Risk Management and Insurance Information Module 2: Advanced Search Techniques Module 3: Searching IRMI-Online
Module One Internet Searches for Risk Management and Insurance Information Why online information sources? Types of information available on the Web Basic terminology Basic search tools Basic Google search Refining the basic search; searching within results Myths Noteworthy Web sites
Why Use Online Sources? You need information fast You need extremely current information You need dynamic information More convenient than printed resources Other reasons?
Types of Information Available on the Web Static –Rarely or never changes Online textbook Dynamic –Content constantly changing Ebay (Internet auction) News Weather Airline schedules Search results Frequently updated –Online reference material (e.g. IRMI-Online)
Basic Terminology Browser: Software that allows access to the Internet or World-Wide Web –Internet Explorer –Firefox
Basic Terminology URL: Uniform Resource Locator –The address where information resides –Example: http://www.irmi.comhttp://www.irmi.com http: Hypertext Transfer Protocol –identifies the type of information transfer www: World Wide Web irmi: Top-level domain name –identifies the owner of the site (e.g., International Risk Management Institute)
Basic Terminology Example: http://www.irmi.comhttp://www.irmi.com Common Top-Level Domains: –.comcommercial –.eduU.S. educational –.orgnoncommercial/non-profit –.govU.S. governmental (federal and other) State or Country Domains –.ukUnited Kingdom –.caCanada –.ca.usCalifornia, United States
Basic Terminology Hyperlink –Example: www.irmi.comwww.irmi.com –Clicking on the highlighted link opens the associated Web page –Often in color, underscored, or a button –Cursor changes to hand icon www.irmi.comwww.irmi.com
Search Tips Use quotation marks for phrases –Search [ mobile equipment ] or [ mobile equipment insurance ] or (better) [ insurance mobile equipment ] –NOT [ mobile equipment ] Start narrow: enter 6 to 8 keywords or phrases, then eliminate some if you dont get enough hits.
Search Tips (continued) Size doesnt matter. –Most search engines are case insensitive. Use nouns or objects. –Conjunctions (and, or), modifiers (adjectives, adverbs), and verbs are often ignored or useless. Always place main or unique subject first (insurance).
Searching Within Results Use Edit/Find for.html documents. Use Readers Search for.pdf documents. Use Web sites Search function to find information within a Web site. Use Site map to find information within a Web site.