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Beyond Google

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Go beyond searching for obscure facts: Build websites; sell on auction sites; and blog. Your child can learn nearly every subject under the sun by taking part in these activities. Susan K. Stewart has over 30 years of computer experience and used the Internet in her homeschool during most of the teaching years. She manages her own websites and blogs and shares ideas for using the Internet that go beyond Google.

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Beyond Google

  1. 1. Susan K. Stewart
  2. 2.  It’s not the savior of anything There’s bad stuff  Pornography  Evil People  Viruses  Spyware  Urban Myths  Cyber-bullying
  3. 3.  Would you say in person? In front of your mother? Is it true? How do you know? CAPITAL LETTERS are shouting. Don’t send an email when angry.
  4. 4.  Don’t hide behind fake names Don’t steal someone else’s writing – even from an email Don’t steal computer programs, music, or videos Don’t hack a web site
  5. 5.  Index or Directory  Google Directory  Yahoo Directory Search Engine Metasearch  Metacrawler Specialty Directory (topic specific) Expert Guide Library
  6. 6.  Think through the task  What is the real question? Think outside the box  Move beyond keywords to thoughts  Look elsewhere  Do offline research first Be specific  Civil War - Confederacy – Robert E. Lee Other hints
  7. 7. Research-quality Web SearchingGoogle and Beyond  John Kupersmith  jkupersm [at]  A “Know Your Library” Workshop  Teaching Library, University of California, Berkeley  Spring 2009COURSE PAGES:
  8. 8.  Think “full text” = be specific war of 1812 economic causesvs. history Use academic & professional terms domestic architecture vs. houses genome society gets International Mammalian Genome Society also try combinations with association, research center, institute, directory, database
  9. 9.  Specify exact phrases “tom bates” “what youre looking for is already inside you” Exclude or require a word proliferation -nuclear bush legacy +environment
  10. 10.  Web page title intitle:hybrid allintitle:hybrid mileage Website or domain “global warming” site:edu “global warming”
  11. 11.  File type filetype:ppt site:edu “global warming” Definitions define:pixel define:“due diligence”
  12. 12.  Search box (use to modify) “Cache” “Related pages” “Translate this page”
  13. 13.  Specify exact phrases “tom bates” “what youre looking for is already inside you” Exclude or require a word proliferation -nuclear bush legacy +environment
  14. 14.  Anyone can put up a Web page  about anything Many pages not kept up-to-date No quality control  most sites not “peer-reviewed”  less trustworthy than scholarly publications  no selection guidelines for search engines
  15. 15.  Look at the URL - personal page or site ? ~ or % orusers or members Domain name appropriate for the content ? edu, com, org, net, gov,, uk, etc. Published by an entity that makes sense ?  News from its source?  Advice from valid agency?
  16. 16.  Can you tell who wrote it ?  name of page author  organization, institution, agency you recognize  e-mail contact by itself not enough Credentials for the subject matter ?  Look for links to: “About us”“Philosophy”“Background” “Biography” Is it recent or current enough ?  Look for “last updated” date - usually at bottom If no links or other clues...  truncate back the URL html
  17. 17. 1. Search a controversial topic in Google  nuclear armageddon  prions danger  “stem cells” abortion2. Scan the first two pages of results3. Visit one or two sites  evaluate their quality and reliability
  18. 18.  Bookmarks or Favorites Save as file  File – Save Page As – Web page complete Use a special program Online search saves Browser extensions
  19. 19.  Google Books Google Maps Google Translate Google Scholar Google Patent Search
  20. 20.  distance learning chats research lesson plans virtual field trips develop a web page newsletters blogs
  21. 21.  Blogs  Alex post what he’s learned Twitter  Mom sends links to son Online business  eBay  Amazon Associates  Web page