How to find additional search sites and directories. There are many websites that serve as launching portals into the unindexed portion of the web. Looking back to http://lowertownstpaulmn.com/2016/08/what-is-the-invisible-web/ where we learned about the invisible web, we found that most of the regular search engines cannot get information from the invisible web. It requires a different approach.
Much of the following material was taken directly from the website of the James J. Hill Center. It is physically located in a wing of the St. Paul Latimer Central Library.
Go find your library card. Searching on the web will not get you all the materials that you may need for your projects. Your local library has been serving the public for many years. It has evolved to provide today’s requirements for up-to-date materials and services for you.
After writing the PART 1 post on HOW TO EVALUATE WEB INFORMATION
http://lowertownstpaulmn.com/2016/08/evaluate-web-information/ I felt that I had not quite gotten across the sorry state of valid web information today. Let me try to make things a bit more clear.
Congratulations. You have learned a lot if you read and followed the past five posts. Finding the information is only the first part. Now learn how to evaluate it.
As we look into expanding our searches into the Invisible or Deep web, let’s preface it with a little history to appreciate what we are dealing with.
History of the WWW.
The first website was published in August of 1991 by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, a United Nations research facility in Switzerland.
As a bit of a respite from the nitty-gritty searching, I’d like to go through a group of operators I call “quick information shots.” These are fun, useful and usually single subject search operators.
One that stands out for me as an ex-international marketing type, is Flight information. That is available through working only in the search entry box. Just type in the three letter codes for the USA airports and Google returns the flight info.
How to go beyond the advanced search page means to get a bit more technical.
I have found that for my own searching of the visible web, the google advanced Search Page works well.
But, of course, that Advanced Search Page with its “fill in the blanks” approach is not for everyone. The more tech savvy people seem to prefer the “under my control” type of searching, That is, doing your own search strings.
That’s great for those of you that are born after 1980. Me, I’m a way before the 80’s baby and will take all the help that I can get.
To use better search methods, we need to understand the simplified definitions of two words that are used through-out the Search series.
Operator: A word or symbol which helps the user command the computer to perform a logical manipulation.
Boolean: Boolean logic are the terms and, or, not and near that search engines recognize as commands to perform commands in setting the search string.
Lets do a quick review of the last post before we dig into the meat of Google’s Better Search Methods.
This blog series will try to make your searching for information a lot easier. In the coming posts we will cover subjects such as:
- Improving your basic searching
- Using Google Advanced Search
- Differences in searching between visible and invisible (Deep) web.
- How to evaluate the information found on the web.
- Searching through the public library online databases.
- How to conduct business, and person searches.
- How to use Association databases.
So, to answer the question, Why not just Google it?