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Sites on How to Search and Evaluate the Web

How to Search the Web   |   How to Evaluate Web Sites
Rating Search Tools  |  Citing Web Sites

How to Search the Web
Some of the links below are tutorials-- either ones you can engage online or handouts you can print out and use.  If you believe you need more guidance, come to the reference desk or consider taking the Internet Skills course offered by Chabot College Library.

  • Bare Bones 101

  •       http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/bones.html
    A tutorial on searching the World Wide Web at the beginner's level
     
  • Findspot

  •         http://www.findspot.com
    A tutorial on how to search the Web.  Click on the name of the search engine and Findspot will provide you with the search syntax for the most basic types of search strategies.  In the yellow box on the right, Findspot gives further tips of searching in that particular search engine.  Enter your search statement, click search and a new window will open up into the search engine or directory with the search already performed
     
  • Internet FAQ

  •         http://www.purefiction.com/pages/res1.htm
    Frequently Asked Questions on Internet Searching, such as "How Can I Find Specific Information" and "Why Use the Internet At All?"  NOTE: Website is down as of 12/10/02.
     
  • Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial

  •        http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/FindInfo.html
    From UC Berkeley, includes tutorials on basic and advanced searching as well as evaluation of web sites.
     
  • Finding it Online: Web Search Strategies

  •         http://home.sprintmail.com/~debflanagan/main.html
    This tutorial focuses on the different types of Internet Search tools and also provides step by step tutorials while you are searching the more popular search engines and web directories
     
  • Basic Internet Searching

  •         http://www.lib.montana.edu/~notess/li/basicsearch.html
    In three lessons, learn how to read URL's, develop search statements, and perform searches in particular search engines and web directories
       
  • Searching the Web

  •         http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/abby/searchtips.html
    From Chabot College Library's Internet Skills course, this is an online version to a handout on coming up with a search strategy and tips on how to search a search engine
     
  • World Wide Web Worksheet

  •         http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/handouts/wwwworksheet.html
    Designed by Norman Buchwald, Information Literacy and Technology Librarian at Chabot College Library, this worksheet is a good tool to print out and use while searching the World Wide Web for a research assignment
     
  •  Optimizing Your Web Experience (Searching and Evaluating the Web Handout)

  •       http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/library/workshops/optimizeweb/optimize.pdf
    From the University of Arizona, this is a handout that librarians use to teach a one hour and a half course on
    searching and evaluating the Web.   You need Adobe Acrobat to view this page.

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    How to Evaluate Web Sites

  • Web Evaluation Checklist
            
    http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/abby/evaluation.html
    Use to evaluate the quality of a relevant web site you have found.

  • Evaluation Techniques of Internet Resources
             http://www.teachercertification.org/teach/evaluation-techniques-of-Internet-resources.php

     
  • Thinking Critically of World Wide Web Resources

  •         http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_12337.cfm
    From Esther Grassian, Bibliographic Instruction Librarian from UCLA's College Library, an excellent handout on how to evaluate web sites effectively.  Also has a separate list of guidelines for discipline based web sites
  • Evaluating Web Resources

  •         http://libweb.sonoma.edu/web/eval.html
    Another excellent checklist for evaluating web resources.  Each principle of web evaluation is followed by links to actual sites where you can practice your evaluating skills
     
  • Evaluating Web Resources

  •         http://www2.widener.edu/Wolfgram-Memorial-Library/webevaluation/webeval.htm
    This web page provides excellent worksheets for recognizing different types of web sites:  Advocacy, Business/Marketing, News, Informational, and Personal.  Includes links to actual web pages to practice
     
  • Evaluating Web Pages: Experience Why It Is Important

  •         http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
    An excellent exercise on comparing and contrasting web sites on similar topics.  From UC Berkeley Libraries
     
  • Evaluating Internet Based Information

  •         http://lme.mankato.msus.edu/class/629/cred.html
    Tips and advice given by librarians all over the country.  Below the list of links to articles is a list of links to both legitimate and bogus web sites, sometimes on the same subject
     
  • Evaluating Quality on the Net

  •         http://www.hopetillman.com/findqual.html
    An excellent paper about evaluating quality on the Internet, especially comparing print documents and to their likely equivalents online
     
  • Evaluating Web Sites

  •         http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/abby/evaluating.html
    This handout gives you clues on how to evaluate web sites, including understanding the very structure of most web pages, themselves as well as URL's
     
  • Optimizing Your Web Experience (Searching and Evaluating the Web Handout)

  •       http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/library/workshops/optimizeweb/optimize.pdf
    From the University of Arizona, this is a handout that librarians use to teach a one hour and a half course on
    searching and evaluating the Web.   You need Adobe Acrobat to view this page.
     
  • World Wide Web Worksheet

  •         http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/handouts/wwwworksheet.html
    Designed by Norman Buchwald, Information Literacy and Technology Librarian at Chabot College Library, this worksheet is a good tool to print out and use while searching the World Wide Web for a research assignment

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    Rating Search Engines and Web Guides
  • Search Engine Showdown

  •         http://searchengineshowdown.com/
    Covering and writing about Interenet information resources since 1990, Greg Notess, a university reference librarian, has provided this excellent web site that reviews, compares, and provides indepth information, including continuing to measure search engines' results, providing excellent reviews, and going into detail how to search widely used search engines
     
  • Search Engine Watch

  •         http://searchenginewatch.com/
    Search Engine Watch is an online publication devoted to search engines.  It is founded by Danny Sullivan, an Internet Consultant and Journalist.  Learn the latest news about search engines, get tips to search engines and read ratings and reviews.  You can search the entire site by scrolling to the bottom of the page.  Some information requires you to be an official subscriber to Search Engine Watch

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    Citing Web Sites
            http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Library/onlineref/citation.html#online



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