Narrow your topic and its description; identify and
pull out key words, phrases and categories
Use a search engine: does it contain a directory of topics? Find the best combination of key words to locate information
you need; Enter these in the search engine
Get assistance from your local research librarian
Refer to known, recommended, expert, or reviewed web sites
Refer to professional portals that may have
directories or collections by topic
Review the number of options returned. If there are
too many web sites, add more keywords. If there are too few
options, narrow/delete some keywords, or substitute other key
Review the first pages returned: If these are not
helpful, review your key words for a better description
Use advanced search options in search engines: Search options include
Key word combinations, including Boolean strings
Locations where key words are found For example: in the
title, 1st paragraphs, coded metadata
Languages to search in
Sites containing media files (images, videos, MP3/music,
ActiveX, JAVA, etc.)
Dates web sites were created or updated
Research using several search engines Each search
engine has a different database of web sites it searches Some
"Meta-Search" engines actually search other search engines! If one search engine returns few web sites, another may return
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