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

Date & Time
Monday, April 20
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building
Electronic Classroom
2111 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio
$50 CAMLS libraries
$70 Non-library staff from member's organizations
$95 Non-members
Fee includes materials
Deadline: Monday, April 13
Limit: 24

Get a handle on searching and evaluating resources on the World Wide 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 well-known Internet trainer across the United States and Canada. She is the author of K - 12 Resources on the Internet , 2nd ed. (Library Solutions Press, 1997) and co-author of Using the World Wide Web and Creating Homepages (Neal-Schuman, 1996). She is president of her own training firm, Information Age Consultants, and writes the "Surf For" column for School Library Journal.
Intended Audience
Reference librarians or anyone who needs to locate WWW information more efficiently. Participants should have familiarity with mouse usage.
  • Find out 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 your specific information needs
    Course Content
    • Tools that will help you get the information you need

    • Web index basics and comparisons

    • Using search engines

    • Search techniques for the Web

    • Evaluating Web resources

    • Structured searching exercises