RESEARCH STRATEGIES USING THE INTERNET
Searching the internet quickly and efficiently is a very important skill. To master this skill follow the guidelines below. Google is the most popular and organized search engine.
Other search engines:
BE PREPARED IN THE CLASSROOM
- Think of key words/phrases before beginning your search. These are words that are most likely to appear in the information you will read. Do a class “brainstorm” around the topic, listing all ideas and key words.
- Students take a copy of key words/phrases.
AT THE COMPUTER
· Enter key words/phrases in the Google search box.
· Consider using the ‘advanced search’ this allows you to use your key words and to narrow your search.
· Wikipedia is usually a good place to start. Once you have entered a key word eg David Tua scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find a list of References which can provide links to relevant information.
· Video links can also be relevant.
CACHED AND SIMILAR PAGES
· Cached pages: Google keeps a stored copy of web pages instead of the current version. It is useful if the Internet connection to that site is slow or if the page no longer exists.
· Similar pages: clicking on this link might be useful to find more information similar to the search result