This tutorial presents the substance of the web searching workshop (current schedule) offered by the Teaching Library at the University of California at Berkeley. We call the workshop "Research-quality Web Searching" to reflect our belief that there is a lot of great material on the Web - primary sources, specialized directories and databases, statistical information, educational sites on many levels, policy, opinion of all kinds, and so much more - and tools for finding it are steadily improving.
- Search Engines - Comparison table of recommended search engines; how search engines work
- Subject Directories - Table comparing some of the best human-selected collections of web pages
- Meta-Search Engines - Use at your own risk: not recommended as a substitute for directly using search engines
- Invisible Web - What it is, how to find it, and its inherent ambiguity (searchable databases on the Web)
Style Sheets for Citing Resources (Print & Electronic) (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian)Handouts and PowerPoints used in our Current Classes
As part of the Know Your Library Workshops series, we offer a session titled "Research-quality Web Searching: Google and Beyond," which covers:
- Making your Google searches more precise and focusing on academic information.
- Using other search tools and new technologies to improve your results.
Current versions (Spring 2009)
Previous versions (not updated)
- Googling to the Max (PPT)
- Beyond Google: Other Search Engines, Directories, and Evaluation of Web Pages (PPT)
- Googling to the Max: Hands-on Exercises (PDF)
- Table comparing Google Books and Google Scholar (PDF)
- Beyond Google: Hands-on Exercises (PDF)
- Evaluation of Web Pages Worksheets (PDF)