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Research:  Google and beyond

Page history last edited by Katie Day 13 years, 11 months ago

 

Searching. . .  Google and Beyond

 

 

Google Advanced Search

 

 

 

few tips for searching basic Google:

 

  • Use just a few keywords -- don't type in long questions -- Google doesn't understand them!  One word, maybe two words -- think carefully before using more than three.
  • To search for an exact phrase, use speech marks or quotation marks, e.g., if you want to search for information about Aboriginal Australian mythology, enter "the dreaming" in quotation marks -- so Google will know you want to keep the two words together.
  • The site operator allows you to limit search results to one type of webpage, e.g., site:edu brings up only educational websites, while site:sg brings up only websites in Singapore.

 

See Google's Cheat Sheet for more searching tips.

 

You can also take advantage of Google's advanced search options.

 


ADVICE ENGINE


 

There are so many great search engines out there besides Google.  NoodleQuest suggests different search engines for different purposes. 

 

To try search engines other than Google, click on a logo below:

 librarians index search enginevivisimo search engine

yahoo search engine dogpile search engine hotbot search enginewebcrawler search engine

metor search engine go.com seach enginelycos search engine

 

go to search enginealtavista search enginehotsheet search engineaskjeeves search engine

 

For a comprehensive list of all the search engines you could ever want, see Pandia PowerSearch.

 

 

Databases and Encyclopedias

 

Encyclopedia Britannica School Edition With over 73,000 articles, Encyclopædia Britannica is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world. It contains both short and book-length articles on every subject.

Our school has a subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition, so if you click on it from a school computer, it should give you instant access. You won't be able to access it from an outside computer.
SIRS Knowledge Source

SIRS Researcher® is a general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are selected from 1,600 domestic and international publications.


Our school has a subscription to the SIRS Researcher database, so if you click on it from a school computer, it should give you instant access. You won't be able to access it from an outside computer unless you know the login/password (NB: all passwords are given to you on the Grade 5 Research bookmark -- see Ms. Day if you need a new one).

Newsbank Updated daily and covering 1996 to the present, Global NewsBank Collection provides more than 90,000 articles annually from over 1,000 popular and hard-to-find sources worldwide. Each article is carefully selected for its news or research value.

Our school has a subscription to Newsbank, so if you click on it from a school computer, it should give you instant access. You won't be able to access it from an outside computer unless you know the login/password
(NB: all passwords are given to you on the Grade 5 Research bookmark -- see Ms. Day if you need a new one).

 

The Singapore public library system has over 5 million books in English and over 1 million magazines/journals for adults. You can search the online catalog over the Internet and members can request that books be sent to their local branch for pick-up. There are 22 branch libraries besides the flagship headquarters on Victoria Street -- and they're open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 9 PM.


 


Wikipedia is the first place you should look, never the last. The References, Sources, and Links at the bottom of articles are often great places to look next.

If you feel citing Wikipedia is appropriate to use as a reference work for your paper, you may want to read what Wikipedia itself says about using it as a source and how to cite articles from Wikipedia in your bibliography.

 

 

 

p.s.  Did you know there is a Simple English Wikipedia?  Try it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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