The Media

internet searching, checking websites for reliabilty

Deffinitions

  • Reliablity: The quality of whether or not a site is trust worthy
  • Validity:"having some foundation; based on truth"

Internet Search Techniques

Basic Search Operators


  • this that thing

returns all pages containing the terms "this", "that", and "thing"

  • this OR that

returns all pages containing either the term "this" or "that"

  • "this that and the other thing"

returns all pages containing the exact phrase "this that and the other thing"

  • this -that

returns all pages containing the term "this" but not the term "that"

  • this +that

returns all pages containing the terms "this" and "that"

  • define:this

returns a definition of the term "this"



Search Query Modifiers


site: The site: modifier is used to limit search results to pages from a specific site.

allintitle: The allintitle: modifier is used to limit search results to pages containing all of the given search terms in the title.

intitle: The intitle: modifier is used to limit search results to pages containing a specific term in the title.

inurl: The inurl: modifier is used to limit search results to pages containing a specific term in the URL.

date: The date: modifier is used to search pages from within the previous 3, 6, or 12 months.



How To Check The Reliablity Of A Website

Basic checks to see if a website is reliable is to see if additional links are provided, checking the url, if information contradicts information found elseware, check if the website is current (waybackmachine), check who is the author, and see if the information is useful to your reserch.