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					                                         WMS Digital Literacy




Prepared by: Mrs. Terry McCabe,
WMS Media Specialist
Adapted from work by: Patrick Woessner
                                                       Content adapted from Illinois
Instructional Technology Coordinator               Mathematics and Science Academy
MICDS, St. Louis , MO
 Use the right keywords
 Use the right tool (search engine, directory)
 Learning to search effectively takes time.
 With practice, however, you can become
  an expert searcher!



                                       Content adapted from Illinois
                                   Mathematics and Science Academy
   How effectively can you find information on
    the Web? Take this challenge and find out…




                Click this link to begin


                                               Content adapted from Illinois
                                           Mathematics and Science Academy
•Enter the words you think will be in the documents you seek.
•The search engine finds the web pages in its index that exactly
match your words.
•Review the search results to see if your words found the
information that will be useful.
•If your search words did not provide useful results, revise your
words and try again.




                                                         Content adapted from Illinois
                                                     Mathematics and Science Academy
Topic:



Search tools: What matters / What doesn't matter


   1.Brainstorm more keywords
   2.Prioritize keywords to use first
   3.Reorder keywords / add more keywords
   4.Try capitalization variations and punctuation
   Four categories of words make up
    most search tasks:
    ◦ Keywords that are effective “as is”
    ◦ Intermediate words that represent important
      ideas but probably aren’t effective “as is”
    ◦ Words that have little effect on the outcome
    ◦ Stop Words that are ignored by a Search Engine




                                             Content adapted from Illinois
                                         Mathematics and Science Academy
Click this link to begin
                               Content adapted from Illinois
                           Mathematics and Science Academy
Topic:                      What if I don't know
                            much about my topic?
Search tools: Spell check and Did you mean?
Topic:
                                 Try some variations to
                                 your search terms

Search tools: Synonyms and the "~" tilde operator


  Try this first: [car engine]

  Then try: [~car engine]
Topic:
                             Excluding words from a
                             search




    salsa recipe -tomatoes




   Don't forget: No
   space between the
   minus and the word
   to exclude!
Topic:
                               Seeing results only for
                               an exact phrase




  "XXX YYY ZZZ"




 Note: Quotations are rarely
 needed! Use them only when
 absolutely necessary.
Topic:
                        Search only specific,
                        generally reliable sites
                        like .edu .gov or .org




  inventions site:edu
Ready for an extra challenge? Good luck!




                                Content adapted from Illinois
                            Mathematics and Science Academy
   A hyponym is a word that describes things
    more specifically.
    ◦ Keywords that are hyponyms will retrieve fewer and
      more precise results.
   Hypernyms are words that refer to broad
    categories or general concepts.
       Keywords that are hypernyms will more and less precise
        results.




                                                    Content adapted from Illinois
                                                Mathematics and Science Academy
Click this link to begin
                               Content adapted from Illinois
                           Mathematics and Science Academy
  Now, let’s
 take a look
at the “right
tool” for the
search job…
Right   Effective   Right
Words   Searching   Tools
                                         WMS Digital Literacy




Prepared by: Mrs. Terry McCabe,
WMS Media Specialist
Adapted from work by: Patrick Woessner
                                                       Content adapted from Illinois
Instructional Technology Coordinator               Mathematics and Science Academy
MICDS, St. Louis , MO

				
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