Searching The Internet
The internet is a mine of information and at first glance it can look both intimidating and
disorganised, but fear not. Accessing information is done through the use of
There are a
Three search engines that will search a range of search engines simultaneously are:
Perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind when searching is that the web page author decides what content they put up on their page, and as such, you need to keep an open mind in terms of possible bias. You can not necessarily assume a journalistic objectivity.
The best way to deal with this is to look at a range of information sources on the internet. I tend to pay more credence to information on sites which are not anonymous as that often gives me an idea of what angle the information may be presented from.
The author also decides what keywords they want included on their page and as such your use of a particular term may differ from the author's. It is best to avoid using very broad terms when searching. For example if you do a search using the words Siamese Cats you will get a much more manageable number of responses than if you searched using just the word Cats. If you wish to find only sites where your keywords appear as a phrase then enclose them in speech marks.
When searching the internet it is wise to alter your browsers' (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc.) settings so that cookies are not automatically accepted, and that when asked, you only accept cookies that are sent back to themselves. I'll be covering cookies in more detail next month, but in the interim, if you have any queries as to how to change your browser settings and why, then please don't hesitate to email me. Likewise, if there are any other queries or topics you'd like covered in these columns, and you are a CCS client send an email to me firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know. Please mention that you are a CCS member and which branch you belong to.