As of January 1, 2017, this JTools unit is not being updated.
Use the links below as you watch the video above
Tips for Effective Searches
1. Use More than One Search Engine
They don’t all find the same thing!
Top 15 Most Popular Search Engines
2. Learn Your Search Engine
Remember to use filters for the type of info, date or location you want.
3. Write Complex Search Statements
- Use phrase searching: put words that appear next to each other in quotes, i.e. “Newhouse School”
- Narrow your search to one website: use this formula —
- “key phrase” site:domain.xxx
- example: “Lorraine Branham” site:syr.edu
- Use a minus to delete terms: “Mirror Awards” -2015 -2014 -2013
4. Try a Directory
5. Use Ready References
Ref desk (this has a poor graphical look, but it’s legit)
Voice of America to help you pronounce names
Phone Books and reverse directories: Whitepages.com Anywho.com
Duff Wilson’s Reporter’s Desktop
1. Figure out the type of site
2. Use the A2-C-O criteria: authority, accuracy, currency, objectivity
3. See what it says about itself
4. Who registered it? WHOIS at Netsol.com
remember don’t put in the www, just what comes after that
5. Find related sites formula is related: domain.xxx
Other Quick Trix
note: Topsy is mentioned in the video, but unfortunately it no longer exists.
Snopes to check out whether email warning is accurate
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine for last image of a website that’s down
Read How Proper Online Research Works by Paul Gil.
Like this type of learning? Take Google’s top researcher’s free course on Power Searching.