iamliterate - searchingtechniques

Searching Techniques

There are some principles to get you started with searching.
  1. Know as much about what you want to find as possible.
    1. This may include the type of information you are looking for - do you want images, documents, research, diagrams
  2. Refine your search as you learn more.
Whether you choose Google or not, these techniques can be used to improve your searches.

  1. Refining your search

    • Additional Keywords

      • Boolean Searches - Each search engine may respond differently to the following
        • And or '+'
        • Or
        • Not or '-'
        • Near
    • Using Quotations

      • When you use quotations in a search, the engine only responds with exact matches to that phrase
    • Using Truncation or Wildcards

      • If you are looking for information on participation, participating, participated, then you may want to use a trancator to also simplify your keyword list to participat*
    • Using Synonyms

      • ~ This will search for synonyms for the word ~build will search for design, structure etc
    • Be specific - See Google Help - http://www.google.com/help/refinesearch.html

      • Choose the Domain
      • Type of Document
      • Language
      • Date Last Updated
  2. Broadening from a potentially good website

  3. Extending your search

    1. If you find a website that has some good information, you can also check the links that link from the page or links to the page
      1. See the links embedded in the site or on a links page
      2. use a links to command in the search engine - such as in google site:http:fcweb.sd36.bc.ca/~amboe_k
  4. Consider Alternative Search Engines

    1. Profusion
    2. Teoma
    3. Ask.com
    4. www.quintura.com
    5. www.lii.com
Models of Inquiry
Big Six
RAFTS - When posing the question, provide the following to make the research more meaningful
  • Role
  • Audience
  • Format
  • Topic
  • Strong Verb

Another Model to Consider is North Vancouver's Learning Quest
  1. Identify the question
  2. Find Information
  3. Evaluate and Select Information
  4. Use Information
    1. Find Key Ideas, Sort, Sequence, and Synthesize
  5. Present
  6. Assess
See Also Overview of Searching
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