The trick with searching is
choosing the right tool and this is not always a search engine.
1. When searching, the key to success
is to identify a 2-3 word summary of the theme. [ see Roman example
There are three core "Boolean search operators".
Example: Searching for "Romans"
a. By inserting the term
romans as the search field we will get information on
? Roman sandals? ? Roman blinds? etc.
b. By inserting
Roman Empire will result in only web sites with both terms
found within them.
5, 060, 000 items.
c. By inserting the search field
"Roman Empire" we will only get web sites where the word
Empire follows the word Roman.
2, 420,000 items.
d. By inserting the search field
+"Roman Empire" +k12 we will only get sites dealing with
the Roman Empire that are suitable for years 0-12 (k12 indicates Kindergarten
to year 12 in USA)
26, 700 items.
A much better result can be obtained by
using the "Advanced Search" option placed next to the "Search" button.
eg. You can do better if you only require "edu" sites.
2.For pre reviewed web sites:
start with directories as these are excellent resources and
they are free. A directory (
has over 5000 reviews and you simply enter the theme/topic
you are looking for and the reviews are forthcoming. Other good directories
3.You can also use
natural speech search engines. This type of search engine
allows the user to use a "natural question format" as the search field.
The most popular natural speech search engine is "Ask Jeeves".
There are two editions of this tool. The general
and the one designed specifically for a students
Some search engines such as Google
allow this also.
4.The next useful tool is your
Bookmarks/Favourites. These are links through to the sites
that you want to access easily. These are stored in your browser.
Over time you can put together a substantial
list of useful Bookmarks/Favourites.
5. It is possible to
make copies of a web site using caching or whacking software.
A cached site has some of the site held in a part
of the computers memory so it only needs some of the site sent through from
the original source.
A whacked web site is a copy that has been made
of a web site. Whacking (referred to as "off-line browsing") is violation
of copyright and you must get the web site owners approval (e-mail
approval is fine) before you whack a site. Off line browsing software can
be found at
You can use a product called Web Whacker
which costs $US39.95 for an Education version.
Note: Google will cache a website. If You cannot
find a site, check for a cached version. The link is marked next to the URL.
6. There are over many
search engines available on the Internet. For younger
students use Pictorial Search Engines: You can check MamaMedia at
for many projects, try
Zoomschool - a fantastic resource.
The search engine I presently encourage
teachers and students to use is Google http://www.google.com