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Global Awareness: Guuide To Knowing What is What: Evaluated Websites

9th Grade introduction to Media Literacy: Primary/Secondary Sources, Evaluating Sources, Bias and Point of View in Research documents

Where in the World in the Web...

Search Engine 411

Most information is found on the Internet by utilizing search engines. A search engine is a web service that uses web robots to query millions of pages on the Internet and creates an index of those web pages.

While the Web has a vast amount of information such as current news, government organizations, and links to libraries, it is important to understand that the WWW does not contain everything and all information is not factual.

Qucik Tip Search Strategies for the Web



Key Points

The internet is vast and often confusing, and in order to find what you want, you need to take some basic steps to make your search as focused and rewarding as possible. Strategies for pinpointing the best, most relevant content include the following:

  • Vary your search engine: in fact, get used to using several, as they have different strengths.
  • Use specific keywords: be as specific as you can in your wording.
  • Simplify your search terms: strip out unnecessary stop words and avoid suffixes.
  • Use quotation marks: this narrows searches down to particular words and phrases.
  • Remove unhelpful words: remove confusing or misdirecting terms from your searches with the - (minus) operator.
  • Refine your search using operators: use operators to search specific sites, related sites, and particular combinations of terms.
  • Avoid search pitfalls: the internet is a selling tool as well as a fantastic resource. Be sure that you only view advertisements if you want to.


How To Use the Web Effectively