Finding Information on the Internet

Finding useful information on the Internet requires a combination of familiarity with the search tools and resources available, an understanding of search strategies and language, and persistence. This ItrainOnline section aims to provide tools and resources to help guide you find the information you need, and to evaluate the quality of that  information. 


Finding  Information on the Internet - Search engine basics

A Guide to Google

Developed by: Nancy Blachman Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

An online tutorial, helping google users to know more about how Google works,  its features and capabilities, the better it can serve users' needs.
This  Google tutorial contains many examples and exercises designed to give users  practice with the material presented and to inspire users to find amusing or  useful information.


ICT for Library and Information Professionals: A Training Package for  Developing Countries - Module 5

Developed by: Lourdes T. David Type of resource: Website  with downloadable resources Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

The package available on this website is intended to provide the knowledge  and skills required to deal with the application of ICT to library and  information services. It is meant for library and information personnel who may  become trainers in the area. By the end of Module 5, learners should Module 5  is designed to enable participants to acquire knowledge and skills that will  help them train other information professionals to use the Internet.
By  the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Identify Internet  tools and resources 2. Utilize Internet search tools and services 3.  Evaluate Internet tools and resources 4. Cite properly the information found  on the Internet 5. Address the trends and issues concerning the Internet  6. Use the Internet as an information resource

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Searching the Internet

Developed by: MMTK Type of resource: MS Word  files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

This workshop kit for trainers covers the basic processes of finding  information on the internet. Part of the Multimedia Training  Kit.

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Searching Online Databases

Developed by: Information Literacy @ Wesleyan University Type  of resource: website Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

As your searching needs become more complex, simple search techniques will  not suffice. Information Literacy @ Wesleyan University developed this online  module to help improve search precision, understand the difference between  "keyword" vs. "subject" searching, and use common searching methods such as  Boolean searching, phrase searching or related terms identification more  efficiently.

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Finding  Information on the Internet - NGO and subject-specific gateways

If you are looking for information in a specific area, a subject-specific  information gateway may be a good place to start. Information gateways are  compiled by people with expertise in the specific topic, and use some form of  quality assessment criteria to decide which sites to include. A selection of  development-related information gateways and directories is listed below.

Choike: A Portal on Southern Civil Societies

Developed by: Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM) Type of  resource: Portal Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

A directory and search engine of Southern Non-Governmental Organizations  (NGOs), grouped in five major thematic fields: the people, society, the  environment, globalization and communication. Includes both our own and outside  reports on these issues, as well as links to other international agencies and  organizations.


Finding News Articles on a Particular Subject

Developed by: UNITeS Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Gives a good overview of how you can use the Internet to find articles etc.  on specific subjects. Additionally it also provides several links to several  portals and newswires

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Developed by: HURIDOCS Type of resource: Search  engine Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"HuriSearch is a HURIDOCS project. Its general objective is to facilitate  access to human rights information on the web. Its specific objectives are as  follows:
* To provide human rights professionals with a powerful web  research tool. * To increase the visibility of information published by human  rights organisations, in particular small local organisations with first-hand  information. * To encourage webmasters to use metadata systematically, thus  making human rights information searching much more reliable and efficient."


Finding Information  on the Internet - General

Your Guide to Better Searching on the Net

Developed by: BBC Training Type of resource: PDF  file Target audience: General Cost: Free access

PDF guide with exercises - useful resources from the BBC with the quality one  would expect from that organisation.


Introduction to Using the Internet for Librarians

Developed by: INASP Type of resource: Handouts, exercises  and presentations Target audience: Trainers Cost: Free  access

Course materials (presentations, handouts and exercises) are available to  download as zip or stuffed archives containing Microsoft Word and PowerPoint  files. Areas covered are (day 1) introducing the Internet, browsing and  searching; (day 2) searching (continued), information gateways and the  importance of quality; (day 3) quality issues and web page design; (day 4) web  page evaluation, software, copyright, e-mail, costing; (day 5) developing an  Internet-related training programme. Registration is required.


Finding Internet Resources on Preventing Violence Against Women

Developed by: APC WNSP Type of resource: Zipped MS Word  files Target audience: General, Trainers, Women Cost: Free  access

This workshop kit for trainers forms the basis of a training sessions on  navigating online and offline information sources of resources on VAW. Part of  the Multimedia Training  Kit.


Thirteen Tips for Effective Tagging: How to mark sites so you and others  can find them

Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"How many times have you dug fruitlessly through the links you've saved in  your browser's Favorites folder, struggling to remember how you categorized that  site you wanted to remember? Or how often have you been unable to locate  information you needed - simply because you didn't know what search word to  use?" This TechSoup article offers tips for effective "tagging".

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Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication through Shared  Meta Data

Developed by: Adam Mathes Type of resource: web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This paper by Adam Mathes examines grassroots metadata classification as  applied in two web services,, a tool for organising web pages; and  Flikr, a service for organising and sharing photos. Metadata - data about data -  facilitates grouping and finding of information. It examines the individual and  community aspects of tagging, and focuses on the role of immediate feedback and  bridging the gap from the personal to communicative. The article uses  illustrative examples from the two web services to help the reader better  understand folksonomy and tagging, and offers suggestions for future  research.

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The Hive Mind: Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging

Developed by: Ellyssa Kroski Type of resource: web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This overview article by Ellyssa Kroski examines characteristics of  folksonomies, describes tools for data organisation, and tag clouds.  Folksonomies are inclusive, current, democratic and self-moderating, according  to Kroski, but also have plenty of "hitches", which she also details.

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Social Bookmarking Tools (I)

Developed by: Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, Ben Lund, and Joanna Scott  Type of resource: web article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article from D-Lib Magazine provides an overview of social bookmarking.  It first examines link and bookmark history, tagging, and social issues relevant  to social bookmarking. It´s annex offers a review of common social bookmarking  tools as of April 2005.

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Folksonomies: Power to the People

Developed by: Emanuele Quintarelli Type of resource: web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article helps readers understand different classification processes for  web content, when each one is more suitable, and why and how the distributed  classification folksonomy model has emerged. With folksonomies, people associate  keywords to content (tagging). But tagging alone is not enough, states author  Emanuele Quintarelli, it is the possibility of aggregation of that information -  "the power is the people".


7 Things You Should Know about Social Bookmarking

Developed by: Educause Learning Initiative Type of  resource: PDF Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

This brief article presents two scenarios of bookmarking use to exemplify the  benefits of "social bookmarking", especially in a teaching setting. The concept  of social bookmarking is explained, who is doing it, why and how, as well as  what the future holds as social bookmarking grows and some of its pros and  cons.