Searching the Web for information
Read how search engines send crawlers or know-bots out on the web
to find and index the web.
1. Use a variety of search engines. Different engines
search different areas of the web. Try:
Try Google's experimental site:
Some search engines like
are meta-search engines that search other search engines.
2. Put search keywords in quotes to make search more specific.
For example, "zebra mussel in lake champlain" reduced the number of
pages found to 26, from close to 1000 without quotes using AltaVista search
engine (Jan 2003).
3. Many search engines give you the option of searching just
for images or video or mp3 audio files.
4. If you are looking for statistics or data, put these words
into the keyword search. For example "Organic farm statistics" or
"Greenhouse warming data".
to look up information technology acronyms such as TCP/IP,
ADSL, DHCP, ISDN, or DNS.
6. Visit Amazon.com
if you are looking for a book, then check out the UVM Library
to see if we have it.
7. Try the advanced
searches with boolean operators such as AND, OR, NOT.
8. Be critical about the credibility of web sites you find. Most
web sites do not go through the rigorous peer review process of published
works. Ask yourself: Who is the author? Is the author credible?
Has the author published material in peer reviewed journals? Can
I get these same data from other sources? Is there an email address
where I can ask for more information? Is the web page dated so I know
when the information was put on line? Does the information make sense?
Is it convincing? Do you detect any bias in the information?