Using the Internet: Search Strategies
It doesn’t matter which search engine you use. What’s important to know is that a search engine just retrieves information from the web for you, and the information that you get is only as good as your search terms and strategies. That’s why it’s important to know how to search for information.
Search skill #1: Choose good keywords
- Enter specific words that describe exactly what you are looking for.
- If you have too many results you can narrow a search by changing or adding keywords.
Search skill #2: Use shortcuts
- Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
- Use a minus sign to exclude terms from a search.
- Carefully read the website descriptions in a list of search results before you click on them.
- Look at the website address before you click. Websites that end in .edu (university websites) or .gov (government websites) are generally more trusted sources than websites that end in .com or other domains. See the Webpages lesson.
Task: Watch the video, Basic Search Strategies:
Check for Understanding:
- What strategies will help you search online?
- If you are not finding the information you need, what can you do to improve your search results?
- Posters: Modifiers and Search Tips
- Video: Web Search Strategies in Plain English
- Video: Smart Online Search Tips for Kids
- Video: Find Anything Online
- Video: Searching the Web
- Teaching Channel Lesson: Improving Research Skills with Effective Keywords
- GCFLearnFree lessons:
- Google's Search Literacy Lesson Plans