Search Engines & Check of Quality Sources


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Search Engines:

Dogpile  Lycos  Metacrawler   Ask  Google    Mama 


Journals And Magazines: Ipl2

Library Systems: BUBL

Library Systems: Kid Friendly KidKlick

Sweet Search : Content has been checked and approved (Still has a google bar option if needed)

Search Engines:

Not all search engines are alike. Some engines may have multiple engines searching. Some of their home pages are easier to view. Some are easier to use than others. There is more to life than "Google" or "Yahoo."  View the engines hi-lighted above and find one that both appeals to you and meets your needs. Be aware that there are meta search engines, such as dogpile, that have google, yahoo, and bing blended into one engine (which is good!).  Please do not limit yourself to one favorite engine, find one that provides the wide search capability and features that you need. 


Search Tips: Tips that will narrow your search and give better results.

  1. Use singular word form, not plurals.
  2. Use as few words as possible. Use the key words you want to find. Leave words out such as : a, the, 
  3. Put Quotes "  " around the words/subject you are looking for. This will narrow the search to that exact phrase.
  4. Put a  + sign after your search phrase then type what you would like to include in the search. You may also prefer to use the word  "and"  instead of the "+" sign.  Both will include the additional word or pharse.
  5. Using a " - " sign and word(s) after your search phrase will exclude info behind the " - " sign in the search. You may also prefer to use the word "not" instead of the "-"  sign. Both will help you narrow your search down.
  6. Hi-lite, copy, paste the search term you are looking for then remove words that are not key words (prevents spelling errors and saves time).
  7. In a lengthy web page in which you tend to scroll down forever and can not find the info you are searching for, using control f should take you to the certain part of the page having the phrase you are searching for.
  8. use the the specific search bars for images, video, etc…..not just web searches.

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Validity: What makes a good search result? Please be cautious with engines such a google and bing. Any search result with a box around it at the top of search page is there because some person or entity paid for it to be there. Also results that are listed first are generally the most searched and sought after.  To be judged a valid good source the url must be checked.

What does the URL tell us?

URL: Uniform Resource Locator

Domain Name: Tells the user what type of organization the Web site comes from. Top domain names are:

• .gov:      gov indicates an official government site.

• .mil:                    mil indicates an official branch of the service

• .edu:         edu indicates an official education institution (most likely a college or university)

• .org:                org generally is supported by an official organization. However, be cautious because hate groups and other questionable groups have their own org sites, too.

• .com:  com  generally represents a commercial interest, but not all commercial sites are necessarily for profit. 

• .aus/.ned/.uk etc:   These abbreviations represent the country of origin.

How do you know when the site you were originally searching has been left:   a " / "  sign after a domain name indicates a different folder and that you have been lead away from the site.  These also indicate you have left site  ( ~) (%).   Once you find these signs in your url, you have entered other sites that may not be as safe or credible as the original site.



 Terms: Difference between Data bases  Search Engines + more terms


Quality Sources Guide:

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