JTools: Quicker, Better Searching

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

Bing         ( no advanced search)  Bing Help Guide

Google     Google Advanced  Google Help Guide

Yahoo!     Yahoo! Advanced  Yahoo! Help Guide

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
From Google

From Google

 4. Try a Directory

Internet Public Library

 NCC News Links Page

5. Use Ready References


Ref desk (this has a poor graphical look, but it’s legit)

Voice of America  to help you pronounce names

Twitter Search

Phone Books and reverse directories:  Whitepages.com  Anywho.com

Duff Wilson’s Reporter’s Desktop

Verifying Sources

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  

example: related:newhouse.syr.edu

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

Tineye  or Google Images (click on camera)  to check the online original of a photo


Read How Proper Online Research Works by Paul Gil.

verfctn_handbookclick picture to link to handbook




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updated 06.29.15


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