(This project is worth 20 points.)
Search Engines such as Google are very useful to quickly find information. Too often however, even when using advanced searching techniques, there are too many web pages found. At other times not enough results are found.
There are specialty search engines available that can be used to limit the results, as well as advanced search operators for common search engines. In addition there are on-line libraries and directories that allow you to find information in different ways besides keyword searching. In this project you will learn to use some of these other resources.
A major problem with the Internet is that many web sites seem fine but often contain incorrect information or worse. As you answer these questions, try to find more than one website with the required information, and compare them. This isn't always possible but it is worth spending a few extra minutes trying to decide which sites are better or more accurate than others. Learning how to evaluate web sites is an important skill when finding information and avoiding illegal content or “malware” (viruses, spyware, etc.).
To evaluate a web site, you should compare its information with one or more (different) web sites. Of course that isn't possible in all cases. You can also check a site for information you already know to see if it correct. You can also check a website's reputation at mywot.com or Google Transparency Report. Finally you can use Google or another search engine to see if others have complained about some web site, say by its having spyware, bad data, or other problems.
and enter the name of a website such as “
Notice how old the website is, who the owner is (and their address and
phone number!), and other information.
If the information is hidden, consider that legitimate businesses and
organization rarely need do do that.
If a website is only a few days or weeks old, it may have been created in
response to current events or to market some product.
Complete the following steps and submit your answers as follows.
resources.htm”. Be sure to save as “
Web page, HTML only”, and not “
Web page, Complete” or any other type.
Student Name: replace these seven words with your name
resources.htm”). When possible, make sure your answers are accurate by evaluating the web sites you use.
resources.htmin your web browser and make sure it displays your answers correctly. (The page style will be plain but that is fine!) If you note any problems, go back and edit the file to correct them before uploading and submitting your project.
Google provides many advanced search operators, some of which are not well-known (some are undocumented). Some of these can greatly increase your search efficiency. In this part of the project, we will explore three of these.
Sometimes you want information from only one organization, but
normal search returns so many results that the one you want isn't
listed on the first few pages of results.
You can limit the search results to a single website or domain, using
With normal searching, pages that contain the search terms anywhere in
the document are found.
Often, you can get much better search results by searching only for a
search term in a web page's title.
To ensure that any results have a search term in their titles, you can
for each term.
If you want all your search terms to be found in the title, use this
allintitle: term term ...”.
Sometimes website are re-designed, and their web pages are put into
Unless the new site was recently found by Google, any normal search may
find the old, incorrect URL instead of the new one.
In such cases, the web page itself often has its name unchanged, just
its location on the website.
You can use “
shell dollar-quoting bug report”.) How many “hits” did you get?
site:austingroupbugs.net shell dollar-quoting bug report”.) How many “hits” did you get this time?
FAQ” in their URLs?
For centuries there have been public libraries, which are huge repositories of public domain images, music, statistics, government reports, corporate data, books, magazines, and newspapers. Some of that material that is copyrighted and can't be used without permission, but much is freely available. And all this is a free service to citizens (in most of the world), supported by government funding.
Today much material is available on the web, but the majority of books and reports are still not available that way. A library can be used to locate and information available both on the web and off of it. Library indexes contain information about all the material in any library in the world, not just the books in that one library. Using a library you can locate some book or other data of interest and request the loan of those materials, which can be sent to your nearest branch for you to pick up.
Today most libraries provide their services through a web site. The purpose of this assignment is practice using the library to search for information.
Access the British Public Library http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do.
By their very nature, websites can change often. Some people perceive this as one of the biggest problems on the World Wide Web today. One site, The Internet Archive, maintains a huge and growing database of old versions of websites.
There are number of Specialty search engines, used for more focused searching. By only searching for books, movies, people, laws, appliances, etc., you can use a simpler search than with a general search engine such as Google, and still end up with only relevant matches. (The trick is to know how to find these Specialty search engines!)
What is the lowest cost to buy a brand-new (not used) regular paperback (or looseleaf) edition (not an “international edition”) of our class textbook available? Which store sells it (new, not used) the cheapest (non-member pricing) with a rating of 3 or more stars? (Do not list BestBookBuys.com, Ebay, Amazon Marketplace, any search engine; only list an actual seller.)
Suppose you were in the market to buy a fancy home stereo system. What do most people think of the JBL line of bookshelf speakers, and where did you find that information?
Do not simply judge by counting the number of stars! Many times, dozens, hundreds, or thousands of “fake” reviews are posted to inflate ratings, or to deflate competitor ratings. You must read the reviews to see if they appear fake or not. Fake reviews have little real content, and are usually short. Learn how to spot fake reviews!
Lookup the “Ready to Fumble (The Worst Detective Ever) Volume 1” product (it's a book) on Amazon.com, and read some of the reviews. What do you think of this product?
Now, copy the URL of that product (not the review page but the product itself) and check it out on FakeSpot.com or ReviewMeta.com. (FakeSpot.com will analyze the reviews for any Amazon or Yelp product; ReviewMeta.com is just for Amazon reviews.) What is your opinion of the product now? Go back and check some of the reviews for both the book and the speakers. Were you able to find any fake reviews? (Note that just because a product has many fake reviews, doesn't mean the product is good or bad. Rather it means you need to check the product and reviews carefully and critically!)
Based on the bookmarks on delicious.com, what is a good website to locate “song lyrics”? What is the chorus to the song Louie Louie by the Kingsmen (to search, click next to “@wpollock”, and type in some search terms)?
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