It seems that many people do not know how to use Google effectively. So, if you're interested, here are some tips which I use with my students:
.gov = US government websites
.org = non-profit agency
.edu = educational institution
.com, .net, and .biz= commercial websites
.stateinitials.us = state website or school district (.ma.us)
.uk = United Kingdom site
.au = Australian site,
I hope this helps. I know a lot of us out there are internet whizzes but a lot of us aren't, and I know it's hard sometimes to get the info you need. Google is really easy, and is often the fastest way to go.
By vaylmer from MA
What an outstanding thing you have wrote here for all of us that are not as computer savy as our children would like us to be. Thanks for spelling this all out for us but especially for me I know I appreciate it.
Really excellent pointers, Vaylmer. I am one of the computer-savvy folks, but you worded your advice so well, there's only one thing I can add. I noticed when you mentioned your example, you prioritized your search terms in the order of importance. That's an excellent strategy. If you had put "free" at the beginning, you'd probably have gotten tens of thousands of irrelevant "hits."
The only difference I'd mention is my own: since Google doesn't work well with my screen-reader, I use a site I adored in my "sighted days." Dogpile.com pulls together more than a dozen search engines and presents them in one consolidated set of results. Besides, the Dogpile mascot, Arfie, is funny to watch, lol! (Yeah, I still remember!)
Oh great! I'm glad it was helpful. :) Thanks, JustPlainJo - excellent advice, too! I haven't tried Dogpile yet, but I will now!
One thing that I would add too. Say you are looking for something like a craft pattern. When you click enter and google brings up all the sites, click on images. You will have all the photos taken to lead you to the site. It's an amazing way to see what you are specifically looking for. Great tip! Thanks for sharing it!
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As a researcher, I take it for granted that almost everyone knows how and where to find answers to their questions. http://www.google.com is a great source of information. And these days, with the development of search criteria, it can be as easy as typing in "How do I remove yellow stains from my cotton blouse." Or "How to remove stains from leather furniture." or "Free ideas for party planning." If the first set of words doesn't provide the responses you want, re-arrange the words or be more specific (ink stains, suede, for instance).
By Rose Anne from Calgary, Canada