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There are numerous online tutorials available for searching the Internet; a few of the more thorough ones are listed here.  To begin, decide which of the following best describes your skills or needs, and click on that line.

  1. I have little or no experience searching the Internet.
  2. I know the basics of surfing the web, but I would like to learn how to find reliable information.

Basics of Internet Searching -- and more

Despite the wealth of information available on the Internet, finding exactly what you need can be frustrating.  However, with patience, time, and good instructions, if the information is there, you can find it.  There are many sites on the World Wide Web to help you get started.

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany has a useful site with a glossary of terms that you will encounter frequently on the Internet as well as a short tutorial.

The Ohio State University Library's net.Tutor  has information for beginners as well as more skilled searchers.  The emphasis is on using the Internet for scholarly research.

Search Engine Watch, a site devoted to listings and critiques of the hundreds of search engines currently available, offers an excellent resource of slightly more advanced web searching tips.

Evaluating Internet Resources

Now that you know how to find information on the Internet, how do you know whether it is useful for your purposes.  You probably need scholarly information.  How do you evaluate resources in an environment in which just about anyone can, and has, built an Internet site?  Help is available at the following sites:.

  • University of California at Berkeley was one of the earliest universities to make extensive use of the Internet and continues to be one of the frontrunners in online education.  This is their site for finding scholarly information.
  • SUNY at Albany offers this easy to follow tutorial for evaluation of web sources.

For more help using and evaluating sources, contact libref@gsw.edu.

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