Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Using Search Tools

How big is the Web? x

How do I find Web sites?

  • For known sites, follow links or type in a Web site address, also known as a Uniform Resource Locator or URL.
  • Make an educated guess about what the URL might be:
    • All Web addresses start with http://
    • Many addresses include www first
    • Example: http://www.cdc.gov/
      • Note: Modern browsers do not require you to enter the “http://” part of the web address.
        You usually don’t need the “www”.

Search Engines

Search engines allow you to search through huge indexes of Web sites created by computer programs called robots or spiders and display results according to relevance.

Use search engines to find:

  • Unique keywords or hard to find information
  • Combinations of unique keywords
  • Pages buried deep in a Web site

Search engines use the following search techniques. Check the search engine’s HELP for specifics.

  • “double quotes” for phrase searching
    • ex. “lung cancer”
  • + means the word or phrase must be in your results
    • ex. +diabetes+Hispanics

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Top Search Engines

In 2021 Google accounted for just over 71% of all global desktop search traffic, followed by Baidu at 13%, Bing at 12%, and Yahoo at 2%.

Specialized Web Guides

Specialized Web guides are comprehensive directories to Web sites on a particular topic.

Examples

Problems with Web Sites

  • Almost anyone can publish on the Web.
  • It’s often difficult to determine the author of a site.
  • There’s a lack of basic quality standards.
  • Most information is unfiltered.
  • The Web often functions as a soapbox.
  • Users face the “garbage in, gospel out” phenomenon.
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