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Six tips for improving your search results!
Six tips for improving your search results!

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Web Portals and Megasites
Before you jump on to Google or Yahoo!, let someone else do the searching for you. Web portals are siteswhere someone knowledgable (theoretically!) has taken the time to collect the best or most useful informationin one place. These are almost always a good place to start looking, and will save you time sifting throughthousands (or millions!) of results.
General:
Virtual Learning Resource Center:http://www.virtuallrc.com/IPL2: Internet Public Library.http://www.ipl.org /
HISTORY
Best of History:http://www.besthistorysites.net/ Internet History Sourcebook:http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ World History Archives:http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/index.html Electronic Text Collections:http://history.hanover.edu/etexts.html Early American Archives:http://www.earlyamerica.com/
English
Voice of the Shuttle:http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=3PAL:http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.htmlLuminarium: http://www.luminarium.org/
Science
Discovery Education: Science http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/sci-tech/scisp.html
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Everything is on the internet, but that’s the problem: Everything is on the internet! With well over 11 billion pages to search, how can you find the one site with the information you need?
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QUICK TIPS FOR FAST AND PRODUCTIVE SEARCHING
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General Search Tips
 
 Remember these basic skills toimprove and refine your search results! 
1.Use key words, rather than questions2.Use “ “ around names or phrases (e.g. “cold war”)3.Use a - sign to remove unwanted results
(e.g. Vikings -football)4.In Google Bing or Yahoo, limit your domain with site:
(e.g. Jackson “election results” site:gov)
Half the battle in finding relevant sources is choosing the right search engine. Google and Bing are goodgeneral resources, but there are search engines dedicated to academic searches.
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Infomine searches for scholarly,academic research on the web andallows search by general subjectarea. Good for searching the deepweb: databases, journals,etc.
http://infomine.ucr.edu/A UK based academic searchengine. Subject specialists reviewcontent; like Intute, you cannarrow your search by subjectarea. Especially useful, Intuteprovides a series of tutorial guideson searching for each subject area.That is, searching tips for thehumanities, vs. searching for thesocial sciences.http://www.intute.ac.uk 
Tutorials:
http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk /
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 ArtCyclopedia searches all artrelated topics: painters,movements, art works, etc.http://www.artcyclopedia.com/Look for all things anthropologyrelated on anthro.netGoogle Scholar also searchesscholarly books and articles. Itpulls results from Google Books,online databases such as JSTOR,university libraries, etc.This provides a wide range of results, but you many not be ableto access many of them, if theschool doesn’t subscribe to thatparticular database.http://scholar.google.comCC licensed by Jeri HurdFor more detailed suggestions go tohttp://www.noodletools.comand select “Choose the best search”
 
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Most search engines have some built-in tools to help you refine or expand your search. Taking the time to usethem can improve your results.
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 A common tool among search engines is the “related”option. Somewhere along your results, you’ll find a boxor tab that suggests other search terms you might use, if  you’re not happy with the results you’re getting. In Yahoo!, you’ll find this byclicking the small tab under the search box. In addition, you’ll find a set of “also try” links at the bottom of the page. Often, just changing the form of awork can also improve results: “feminist” or “feminism,” for example.In Bing you’ll find therelated search options in abox on the left side of thepage, or at the bottom of the page. Bing is also working on a visualsearch option, which is promising, thoughrather limited at the moment.For example, with a search of the periodictables, it gives you a graphical view of theelements, which you can click on for moredetailed information.Google provides several tools you can use to enhance your search. First, from your search results page, click the“Show Options” link. A sidebar will show up on the left,with several, well, options. We’re going to focus on acouple of these.1)
 Wonder Wheel
: This turns your search into a web of related terms. Click one of the branches, and a new web appears, with even more terms. This isa great way to see the relationships between ideas, by the way. Search resultswill appear on the right.2)
Timeline
: This view allows you to focus on a specific date and find pagesrelevant to that. Click on the “Search other dates” tab and you can narrow your results to a specific range of dates.CC licensed by Jeri Hurd

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