Get the Most Out of Internet Searching Vancouver

Get the Most Out of Internet Searching Vancouver

Get the Most Out of Internet Searching Vancouver Public Library Learning Opportunities @ VPL! Digital Essentials: vpl.ca/program/digital-essentials

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Use a search engine Apply effective search strategies Evaluate search results Evaluate websites Browser review

(Microsoft) Internet Explorer (older)/ Edge (newer) (Mozilla) Firefox

(Google) Chrome (Apple/MAC) Safari

Browser Review What is a search engine? Software that allows Internet users to search for content found on the World Wide Web (WWW) User enters key words or phrases into a search engine and receives a list of Web content results in the form of websites,

images, videos or other online data. Specific search engines Searching with Google Searching Strategies

Keywords

Helpful strategies, like quotes and minus Autocomplete Searching: Images; Videos These strategies apply to most search engines Searching Strategies:

Using Keywords

Identify the main concepts of your topic Think about the language that will be used in the answer Use nouns and verbs Use at least 3 words

Spell out abbreviations Try multiple times with variations, synonyms Capitalisation doesnt matter Search engine will try to correct your spelling Selecting Keywords Activity Your question: What are some alternatives to wheat

flour I can use to make gluten-free cookies? What keywords could you use in your search? Try out some options. gluten-free cookie recipe Your question: Is the grocery store by my house open on the upcoming statutory holiday?

What keywords could you use in your search? Try out some options. kitsilano safeway hours More Searching Tips More Searching Strategies

Search for an exact match Put a word or phrase inside quotes. Ex: coble boat Search for wildcards or unknown words Put a * in your phrase where you want to leave a placeholder. Ex: diabetic * diets Exclude words from your search

Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. Ex: cookie recipe -chocolate Source: Google Search Help Searching Practice Who starred opposite Clark Gable in the 1934 American romantic comedy It Happened One Night?

What are some of the most common questions asked at job interviews? What are some events that VPL has scheduled for next month? Find an image of a blue bathtub Find a video about strategies for searching the internet

How to Read a Webpage Evaluating Websites Image from Deakin University Applying CRAAP

Using CRAAP to Assess Wikipedia Currency: Often the most current source for biographical information Relevance: Huge array of articles on people, events, ideas etc. There will likely be something relevant to your query! Authority: Varies hugely. Anyone can edit Wikipedia, and experts

often do, but people without credentials often contribute substantially Accuracy: 80-96% accurate, depending on who you ask Purpose: Policies prevent advertising or conflict of interest from editors; Wikipedia is non-profit Fake News Activity

1. Search "Quiz: can you spot the fake news story? 2. Click on the website link 3. Take the Quiz Fact Checking Websites Assess the truthfulness or facts behind a claim

Often focused on politicians May also address online hoaxes and myths Examples 1. Factscan.ca: nonpartisan fact-checker on Canadian federal politics 2. Factcheck.org: monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players 3. Snopes.com: U.S.-based; broader focus than just assessing

politicians claims 4. Fullfact.org: U.K.s independent fact-checking charity Tips for Evaluating Websites: Review 1. Use CRAAP guidelines 2. Do further research (i.e. more online searching or other

research) to find other information on the topic/claim 3. Check in with those around you 4. Consider the layout and design of the website 5. Look on fact-checking websites 6. Ask your local librarian Did we learn to?

Use a search engine Apply effective search strategies Evaluate search results Evaluate websites We want your feedback!

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