Name:Bare Bones 101
Brief Description of the Site:
They say we humans use only a small portion of our brainpower (and a smaller portion of our computerâ€™s processing ability) And we also use a small fraction of the Webâ€™s power to search for information. But this site can helpâ€¦with Web searches, anyway. Created by the Head Librarian at the University of South Carolinaâ€™s Beaufort campus, this is a series of easy-to-read and easy-to-grasp lessons on Web searching and related topics. Just for its â€œLesson 8: Boolean Operatorsâ€ alone it is worthwhile, especially for anyone who wants to maximize the powers of the various search engines. Also eye-opening is â€œLesson 4: Gateways and Subject-Specific Databasesâ€ which tells about â€œthe invisible Webâ€ (possibly 60-80% of all Web content) and how to access it. Also eye-opening is â€œLesson 6: creating a Search Strategyâ€ which provides little-known tips about entering keywords. There are also separate lessons on AltaVista, Google, Ixquick (a metasearch engine).
How to use the site:
For yourself, to brush up on things you probably perhaps once knew plus all those â€œgee, wow!â€ new things that youâ€™ll be certain to try out. Seriously, when was the last time you used the Boolean Operator ANDNOT or the Proximity Operator FBY? You might, after reading Lesson 8. Another use is for your students. Although the Growing Up Digital generation probably thinks it knows all there is to know about the Web, some of them might gain from browsing, or even studying, this pleasant site.