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Searching techniques

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Evaluating Resources

All resources need to be evaluated for  authenticity, credibility and currency to ensure you are getting what you expect or want.

You can use the following guidelines to evaluate all resources - not just internet ones.

 Go to  Knowing what's what and what's not, the 5 w's (and 1 H) of cyberspace


Summary of the key points

  1. Who is the source of the information?
  2. What are you getting?
  3. When was the site created?
  4. Where is the site hosted?
  5. Why are you on the internet?
  6. How can you tell what's what?
Another excellent site with a quick checklist is



Other methods of checking the authenticity of online information

  • Find out who links to the web site - this can offer insights into its quality.
  • in a search engine put "link:" in front of the  address and see what comes up.
  • Find out about an author of a web page - do an author search in quotation marks in a search engine "Dianne KcKenzie"
  • Find out about the domain registration - do a domain registration search through http://www.whois.net
  • Identify the host domain - take the URL back to the first slash and see where it takes you.

Please proceed to the Workshop Evaluation




Internet search techniques:-

 getting what you want and need out of the internet


This inservice workshop will cover the following areas:-

  • search engines
  • databases
  • encyclopedias and reference
  • e books
  • HK libraries online
  • museums
  • newspaper access
  • national libraries
  • other school libraries.

    Designed by Dianne McKenzie for AISHK Staff Development Day

    16th August 2002




These are huge collections of websites and articles usually on a specific topic or area this is only a tiny selection of what is available.

Database are ways that people have tried to organised the internet.

EdNA online,
offers resources grouped according to topic., screened for relevance to school use. Type your topic in the 'search box'
Librarians Index to the Internet
An excellent directory categorised by librarians. Resources annotated and evaluated for content .
Hong Kong Library Online database
most of the databases are only available from the library premises but some are available for remote access
go to electronic resources and follow the links from there
 BUBL link
a UK based site with selected internet resources covering all academic subject areas
Childrens Picture book database
Blue Web n Update
A huge database of education relevant websites
a database of resources and supports in Australia dealing with education.
Australian Journals Online
Australian Cultural network
Picture Australia
A database of Australian images and pictures
Ask Eric
History and Politics out loud - the worlds great speeches available to listen to
History Channel
Internet Public Library
Kids Click Links to different databases
Infomine - categorised by subjects, titles,keywords.


Web links in dewey for more ideas


We will have a bunch of databases linked to the Library website - do you have a favourite one to suggest???

This format for books is the fastest growing medium -

it is cheap, saves trees and searchable by phrase or keyword - they are also great for copying and pasting

Most require a subscription or purchasing but the ones below are free....





available through membership of HK public libraries



Library of free ebooks and best sites



This company has so much on offer on its web site for free.




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National Libraries have something to offer, if you are looking for something to a specific country, check out their National Library web site first

National Library of New Zealand


National Library of Australia



Library of Congress


British Library


School Libraries

There are also a number of School libraries which have captured excellent resources on their homepages - and we will have our own soon!

Palmerston Primary School, Canberra


Scotch College Melbourne


Trinity Grammar, Western Australia





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1 Newspapers on the net







Quick Online Reference


Dictionaries Encyclopedias
Macquarie Dictionary Bartleby's
Biographical dictionary encarta
A dictionary of units Encyclopedia Smithsonian
Rhyme zone Encyclopedia Britanica
Cambridge dictionary Encyclopedia.com
Art dictionary Information please
Rogets Thesaurus All Australian
Australian Slang words Websterworld
Almanacs Quotations
World Almanac for kids online Anthologies and verse
Olympic almanac The quotations page
Yahooligans kids almanac  
Factmonster.com Online Museums to visit
Atlas' Australian Museum online
Altapedia Australian War Memorial
World Atlas.com The British Museum
Maps of Australia Louvre Museum Official Website
Newspapers online The Powerhouse Museum , Sydney, Australia
Australian newspapers The Natural History Museum, London. England
Online newspapers.com Smithsonian Museums and research centres



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Search engines:
Search engines are the main entry to finding information on the internet - not all are created equal.


Some list the hits in order of how much the vendor paid to be first - the quality of these hits is sometimes dubious.

What type of information do you need?

Different search engines offer have different focus depending what their market is,

for example Yahoo is good for lifestyle topics, Google is good for academic topics.

Visit this website from Noodle tools and see what search engines are good getting what you want....


This page from  Search Engine Watch is also good

Easiest way to get what you need out of a searh engine is to use the advanced search tool

offered as a menu item on most decent search engines.

 What you want it to find
Command How What to type
What you will get

You want information on Hong Kong Buildings

Hong Kong
Include term + Hong+Kong+Building or
Sites that include HK and buildings (not nec. together)
You need information on antarctica, but you don't
want any info on  explorers
exclude term - Antarctica-explorers
Sites on Antarctica but none that include anything with the words explore or explorers in them.
You need to find what a greasy pig is greasy pig phrase "" "greasy pig" Sites which have the words greasy pig as a phrase.
You want as much information on information literacy information literacy match any term will do it auto. information literacy
sites which have both words together at the top of the list, then sites which have information, then those with literacy in them.

There is also Boolean commands but these are being replaced

If you need more information on the intricacies of the commands that work well visit the following site ...http://searchenginewatch.com/facts/ataglance.html


if you want a specific terminology which is unique to a region use a search engine from that region

http://searchenginewatch.com/links/Regional_Search_Engines /

There also search engines made just for kids

Search Engine Watch

Kids Search Engines ... Major Childrens Guides

The kid-safe directories below use human beings to filter out sites that might be considered objectionable for viewing by children.

Results 1 - 4 of 4
AOL NetFind Kids Only
From AOL, it contains links to sites that are safe for kids.

Ask Jeeves For Kids
Ask Jeeves is a unique service where you enter a question, and Ask Jeeves tries to point you to the right web page that provides an answer. At Ask Jeeves For Kids, answers have been vetted for appropriateness. Also, if Ask Jeeves cannot answer a question, it pulls results from various search engines in its metacrawler mode. At Ask Jeeves For Kids, no site that is on SurfWatch's block list will be listed.

Yahoo for kids, designed for ages 7 to 12. Sites are hand-picked to be appropriate for children. Also, unlike normal Yahoo, searches will not be forwarded to Yahoo's search engine partner Inktomi if there is no match from within the Yahooligan listings. This prevents possibly objectionable sites from slipping onto the screen. Additionally, adult-oriented banner advertising will not appear within the service. Yahooligans is the oldest major directory for children, launched in March 1996.

Backed by librarians, KidsClick lists about 5,000 web sites in various categories.

If you would like more searching tools, visit Scotch Colleges site here xxxxx

If you have lost a URL - no longer found you can still access it at The Wayback Machine



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