Florida International Web Search Questions
Web Search Assignment
As discussed in the lecture and notes, the web is actually really well designed, but one needs to understand that design to best find information. Google’s search results page is rich with easy-to-use tools that provide flexibility and control over your search results. But it is also possible to use those same tools in the text of your search. Therefore, once you learn about these tools, you will find what you are looking for even faster and the quality of the information should be better. To complete the following assignment, you will need to complete a search using “Google (Links to an external site.)” (www.google.com) and then repeat the search using “Duck Duck Go (Links to an external site.)” (www.duckduckgo.com)
First research an incident from 2004 where four teenagers stole rare books from Transylvania university library.
You can start with the search phrase “Transylvania University library theft”
Starting with this search term, explain what you find and why this was a strong or weak term to begin with.
Next start to use the tools you learned from the lecture, develop a better search term, and research what you are now most interested in learning about this event. Then write a short description of this specific aspects of the event you are interested in and have learned about. What term did you choose to develop your new search?
Before you start this search, think about
Next, use the date range filter in google outline what dates have the most mentions of the aspects of the event you choose to search and which dates that have the most mentions have the most relevant information early in the results. Support your answer.
Next choose a website that is from a geographically local source to the event. Use search features you have learned to only examine information from only that site. Explain what site you choose, why you choose that site, how you searched from only that site and if you learned more or less from searching just one website.
Next go to duckduckgo.com and complete your first search from above within duckduckgo by using the !bang google option (Links to an external site.). Meaning you end the search with “!g” Doing this is an attempt to bypass the filter bubble. Did anything change in your search findings? What did you find more useful or less useful? Easier or harder?
Then complete the date range search and the search using a geographically local source with duduk. Compare the two search engines and identify what you liked or didn’t like about them.