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Searching is a CINCH!
  Introduction
  Welcome
  Objectives
  Introduction
  CINCH steps
  Concept Mapping
  Identify your Engine
  Narrow your Search
  Credibility Assessment
  Helpful Resource
  Conclusion
  Multi-Media Files
  Search Engines
  Summary
  Test
  Feedback
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Where in the WWW is it?
(Searching is a CINCH!)

Summary

Searching can be a CINCH if you know the right steps:

Download this sound file for a "recap" of this course: recap of CINCH - 2.8MB
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Concept Mapping
There are 3 models that you can use to develop topics:

  • word webs
  • idea mapping
  • concept mapping
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Identify Your Search Engine
There are three kinds of search engines that you can use:

  • topical or subject directories
  • keyword
  • reference tools
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Narrow Your Search
Using boolean and mathematical words and symbols, you can expand and limit your search. Two of the fourteen different searching strategies included in this section include:

  • use quotes around an exact phrase you want to locate
  • use the word "and" or "+" to combine two words
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Credibility Assessment
Discover how to assess whether or not the information has been developed by a credible source. A couple of the ideas include:

  • determine the purpose for this information to be published
  • is the site wanting to use this as a way to generate money (.com?) or as a medium to publish factual information (.edu?)
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Helpful Resource
Discover how to determine whether or not the resource is rich in content.

  • consider how this resource compares to other similar sites
  • look to see how current is this information

download Adobe Acrobat Reader Using Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download a poster of the CINCH steps:

download
colored CINCH chart
black/white CINCH chart

To see how "savvy-minded" you are with searching, take the test! Once you've completed everything, be sure to send me feedback on this course. Searching *IS* a CINCH!