Understanding the Internet

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Understanding the Internet by Mind Map: Understanding the Internet

1. Effective Internet Searching

1.1. The Four NETS for Better Searching:

1.2. 1. Start Narrow: Think of all the words that would always appear on the perfect page. Put those in the WITH ALL THE WORDS field. Think of all the distracting pages that might also turn up because one or more of your search terms has multiple meanings. What words can you think of that might help you eliminate those pages? Put those in the WITHOUT field. If there's a term with synonyms, either of which might appear on the page you're after, put them in the WITH ANY OF THE WORDS field.

1.3. 2. Find Exact Phrases: Words hang together in predictable ways. If you type a phrase into the EXACT PHRASE field in Google, you'll be able to locate pages in which those words appear together in that order. This is obviously useful for finding things that have a proper name consisting of several words (e.g., places, book titles, people).

1.4. 3. Trim back the URL: Often you'll find a terrific page nestled deep down inside a folder inside a folder inside a folder. You suspect that there are other pages you'd find interesting nearby. How to you find them? Trim the URL step by step.

1.5. 4. Look for Similar Pages: Once you've found something you like on Google, it's very easy (and useful) to find similar pages. How? Below the advanced search fields that you've been using up until now are another two fields. These allow you to find pages that Google has deemed to be similar to or linked to any URL you type in.

2. Critical Evaluation

2.1. The Five W's of Website Evaluation:

2.2. 1. Who: Who wrote the pages and are they an expert? Is a biography of the author included? How can I find out more about the author?

2.3. 2. What: What does the author say is the purpose of the site? What else might the author have in mind for the site? What makes the site easy to use? What information is included and does this information differ from other sites?

2.4. 3. When: When was the site created? When was the site last updated?

2.5. 4. Where: Where does the information come from? Where can I look to find out more about the sponsor of the site?

2.6. 5. Why: Why is this information useful for my purpose? Why should I use this information? Why is this page better than another?

3. Social & Ethical Protocols

3.1. Watch this video to find out more about Social & Ethical Protocols Online!

3.2. Be aware of these protocols online...