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Evaluating Web pages - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
April 22nd, 2006
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Evaluating Web pages
I've been asked many times how I find information on the Web so effectively. I've always had a hard time answering that, because my efficacy at searching the Web springs from many years of experience with online networks (starting in the Israeli versions of FidoNET), from accumulated observations, and from sheer instinct.

I do try to offer some basic tips, such as examining the URL, looking for telltale signs of commercial or other interests, etc., but I never have time to give a comprehensive answer. So, since some of those who asked are likely to read these words, I refer you to a very decent page explaining the basic heuristics of evaluating Web pages, from the librarians at UC Berkeley.

It is no doubt basic for all you experienced Web ferrets out there, but for the sake of those who might benefit, there it is.

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From:wildernesscat
Date:April 22nd, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)

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Nonprofit organizations: look for .org
I get the feeling that this is no longer true...
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From:yggdrasil_
Date:April 22nd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
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They are but fools. None can learn the Google-fu from books and librarians. The Google-fu comes from within.
The true masters have endured hardships, from the deepest valleys of Lycos to the highest tops of Altavista. One must learn not only what to type in the search box, but also what not to type in the search box.

*cough*

Ok, that's enough grasshopper-bullshit for me for one sitting.
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From:batilda
Date:April 22nd, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
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the key words that can be typed down are not the true key words.
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