Web Literacy
We won’t attempt to list them all here. For a list of search engines, directories, meta-search engines and all their functions, check out the website below or Wikipedia’s list of search engines.If you are looking for “kidcentric” type search tools, try NoodleTools: NoodleQuest Search Strategies Wizard: http://www.noodletools.com/noodlequest and Boolify: http://www.boolify.org/<br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Try to find a subject specific database in math. Find sample research problems with access from NoodleTools to help select appropriate search tools. www.searchenginewatch.com Search Engine Watch -
Blog is short for weblog – it is literally a log of the Web. Follow-up Activities Students: To see a blog in action, go to http://www.theclem.org. This blog started as a literary discussion forum on the book Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe. www.theclem.org The Clem
Use “quotation marks” to ensure your keywords appear in your search results in the order you have specified. You would use them if you wanted to research a given phrase. For example, if you conduct a search for global warming, a search WITHOUT quotation marks would find sites that include the words “global” AND “warming” – the words do not have to appear together and you will get more hits than you probably want. <br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Use a search engine such as Google: www.google.com and search for a phrase, such as renewable resources without quotation marks, then with quotation marks. Note the differences in the number of results. google.com
Uniform Resource Locator
AND, OR, NOT<br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Create example search queries using Boolean Operators.
Go to www.easywhois.com and enter the URL of the site you would like to research. <br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Find owner information for the site www.harrypotter.com www.easywhois.com easily lookup domain name whois records and DNS information for any top level domain name or IP address block
One factor Google uses to rank sites is popularity. It counts the number of links from sites all around the Web. For example, if a large number of sites has a specific keyword somewhere on their website along with a link to a particular site, Google counts the number of times the keyword appears along with the number of links to a particular site. The higher number of links to a site, the higher Google will rank that site on a list of results. There are several additional factors as well, including but not limited to the title of the site, the site’s meta information and the actual content of the site.
Go to Google: www.google.com and type “site:edu + turtle” in the search box. Follow-up Activities for Students: Search for school websites in a particular subject area. www.google.com Google
Use the Wayback Machine. Go to www.archive.org and type the URL of the website you would like to research into the search box. <br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Look at the history of the Harry Potter website: www.harrypotter.com. Why has it changed so much over the years? www.archive.org Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 380 billion archived web pages.
Go to Google: www.google.com and type site:ac.za in the search box. <br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: Search for subject specific resources around the world using extensions and country codes. For a full list, visit http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/text/web_country_codes.html www.google.com Google
Look for a tilde “~” or the “%” sign or a personal name “jdoe” or the word “user” after the domain name and the first forward slash “/“
Go to Google: www.google.com and do a link: command search. In the search box type link:your school’s address.<br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: This is called searching for external links. You can search for the external links on any website with the link command. Consider using some of the bogus websites. www.google.com Google
.org – organization <br />.com – company <br />.sch – school (used outside of US) <br />.k12 – most US school sites <br />.edu – US higher ed <br />.gov – US government (add country code for outside US)<br />.ac – higher ed outside of US usually used with country code, example, “.ac.uk”<br />.net – network <br />.mil – US military<br />.co – Company (if paired with a country code, example “.co.uk,” the state of Colorado or the country, Columbia)<br /><br />Follow-up Activities for Students: It’s really important that you are familiar with these extensions. Create a match game or identify the extension within sample URLs.

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