Google.com is an example of a search engine.
When you enter your search in a search engine, it searches within its own database of web pages
for the keywords you enter, wherever they appear on a web page.
Other search engines include: Bing, Alta Vista and Hot Bot.
Use search engines to find web pages containing information about: specific terms or phrases
names of organizations or places or schools news, travel and shopping services
image collections thousands of visual images representing any subject
a seemingly infinite variety of topics by people all over the world
Remember these five points as you review a web site:
Does the information presented seem accurate and free of grammatical
mistakes? Are the facts cited so they can be verified? Is it possible to
contact someone responsible for the website?
On what date was the page created? Has the site been updated recently? Do links on the site still connect to their destination?
Who is the author? What expertise does s/he have on this topic? Who sponsors the site? Check the domain name to see if it is a university, business, organization, or an individual.
What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. What position or opinion is presented and does it seem biased? What kind of sites does this one link to?
How well is the information covered? Does the content have unique value? Are there credible supporting links or sources cited?
Subject Directories: Commercial
Yahoo.com is an example of a commercial subject directory.
Subject directories are collections of websites that people have selected and organized.
Sometimes links are annotated so you'll know before clicking on them what a site contains. Many commercial subject directories, such as Yahoo, also have a search engine function.
Best for browsing and topics that are broad or general. You may have to click through categories and subcategories.
Other commercial subject directories: MSN.com, About.com
EXAMPLE: Hurricane Andrew
Put most important terms first and put a +sign in front of each one
EXAMPLE: +environment +everglades +water +pollution
Use at least three keywords in your query
EXAMPLE: Florida tourism economy
Use quotation marks around phrase
s EXAMPLE: "art deco"
Use Boolean connectors to indicate inclusion, exclusion, or proximity.
EXAMPLE: dolphins NOT football tradition OR culture tsunami AND Thailand
Think about words you'd expect to find , and use as keywords
EXAMPLE: students drinking alcohol accidents
Write down your search statement before typing it into a search engine
EXAMPLE: +"Miami Dade College" +"financial aid" +scholarships +grants