Locating and Evaluating Information on the Web Part I: The Basics of Search Engines and Indexes

Date & Time
Tuesday, May 6
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Registration starts at 8:45 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building Auditorium
2111 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio
$45.00 CAMLS libraries
$65.00 Non-library staff from member's organizations
$90.00 Non-members
Fee includes materials and coffee
Deadline: April 29
Limit: 24

Get a handle on searching and evaluating resources on the Web in this hands-on lecture/laboratory. Learn searching basics, how to use a web index, and how search engines differ from indexes. You will also learn basic skills for evaluating the information content you find on various sites, and how to impart these concepts to patrons. This workshop will include structured exercises that will start you on your way to building a reference search strategy that includes online resources.

Gail Junion-Metz is a librarian and president of the training firm, Information Age Consultants. She is the author of K-12 Resources on the Internet (Library Solutions Press, 1996) and co-author of using the WWW and Creating Homepages (Neal-Schuman, 1996). She is the “Surf For” columnist for School Library Journal, and serves as editor of the LITA newsletter. Gail is a popular presenter throughout the United States and Canada.
Intended Audience
Reference librarians or anyone who needs to locate WWW information more efficiently. Participants should have some familiarity with mouse usage.
  • Get the basics of searching Web indexes and using search engines

  • Review Boolean and other search techniques, and how to apply them to different Web tools

  • Get a feel for evaluating the vast information you locate on the Web

  • Learn which Web search tool is the best one for specific information needs
    Course Content
    • Tools that will help you get the information you need

    • Search basics

    • The Good, The Bad and the Bogus: Evaluating Web resources

    • More reference resources

    • Web index basics and comparisons

    • Using search engines