Presentation on theme: "Cool Searching Tips Who won the Super Bowl in 2012? How old is Pres. Obama? Obliterate?? Who is Will.I.Am?"— Presentation transcript:
Cool Searching Tips Who won the Super Bowl in 2012? How old is Pres. Obama? Obliterate?? Who is Will.I.Am?
What can I do if I need information? Use your textbook Go to the library Ask you teacher Try a search engine But HOW?
What’s a search engine? Programs that search documents for specified keywords and return a list of the documents where the keywords were found. Different search engine = different results
Think about KEY WORDS for your topic. Your task is to write a report on Abraham Lincoln. What are the key words? ◦ Abraham Lincoln—of course ◦ Civil War ◦ Gettysburg Address ◦ White House
Try using quotation marks around key words Want information about Abe Lincoln? If you type in Abe Lincoln, you might get sites about Abe Fortis or Lincoln penny With quotation marks around the phrase — “Abe Lincoln” — you will get sites about Abe Lincoln only
Exclude Extra Words You want to know in what city LeBron James was born. On the search line you could write— LeBron James birthplace or just LeBron James
Use a different search engine. Continued… Name some search engines: Google — In our survey, Google was the most-used search engine. Bing Yahoo InfOhio Ask.com
Observe the top-level domain (TLD) to determine validity of site. http://kent.edu the TLD
Look for these:.gov (government site).edu (university site).org (not-for-profit agency).com (commercial site).net (usually networking, but could have other use)
Shortcut words — On the search line, write _____ define: gives you the definition of a word weather: add Zip code to get weather movie: put in Zip code and get listing image: put in name and get images list phonebook: put in number and it tells caller (cell phones often left out) inform: give information on topic
Two more tips No need for a calculator! Write calculations right on the search line. Can use symbols to get results. Use %, $ and # (# for social networking)
GIVE IT A TRY! For more information, go to… Google Search Features http://google.com/help/features.html Google Guide http://googleguide.com