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|How to Use the Internet for Research|
Finding Web documents (pages or sites) can be easy or seem impossibly difficult.
due to the sheer size of the WWW, currently estimated to contain 2 billion documents.
because the WWW is not indexed in any standard vocabulary (unlike a library's catalogs which assign Library of Congress or some other widely accepted standardized subject descriptors to their documents, or a journal-article index which uses its standardized subject descriptors).
Define your topic and Identify keywords
write down your topic and identify the keywords or phrases
identify specific keywords for the most important concepts. Think of synonyms, including singular/plural, spelling variations, different endings, etc.
identify broad subject areas the might include the topic
identify organizations or government agencies that might be involved with the topic
Take a look at some of the resources for learning more about the WWW.
Look for materials at Web sites that focus on more scholarly resources.
Use search engines and subject directories to locate materials on the Web.
Links for learning how to find information on the Internet.
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial : a very thorough tutorial from UC Berkeley
Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet : explains searching strategy, query design, Boolean and other advanced search operators, filtering based on fields, and specialty searches
Internet Tutorials - University at Albany Libraries : excellent collection of beginners' tutorials
T is for Thinking (ICYouSee) : Ithaca College Library; one of the best introductions to using the Internet