"Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going. "
So, you're still getting those 1,670,000+
responses to your search queries on the Web, and you're still too busy to do
anything about it, like reading the lengthy, and sometimes confusing, "help"
screens to find out how to improve your searching techniques.
Look no further! Real help is here, in the USCB Library's
BARE BONES Tutorial.
You can zip through these lessons in no time, any time.
They are very short and succinct; each can be read in a few minutes.
Feel free to jump in wherever you like, skip what you don't want to
read, and come back whenever you need to.
The information contained in the following lessons
is truly "bare bones," designed to get you started in the right
direction with a minimum of time and effort. For more comprehensive
and detailed help on searching the Web, consult our
recommended list of sites in Lesson 20 at the end of this tutorial.
NOTE: If you just want some quick
else and go directly to Lesson 7.
Lesson 1: Search Engines: a Definition
Lesson 2: Metasearchers: a Definition
Lesson 3: Subject Directories: a Definition
Lesson 4: Library Gateways and Specialized Databases: a Definition
Lesson 5: Evaluating Web Pages
Lesson 6: Creating a Search Strategy
Lesson 7: Basic Search Tips
Lesson 8: Searching with Boolean Logic and Proximity Operators
Lesson 9: Field Searching
Lesson 10: Troubleshooting
Lesson 11: Ask Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 12: Clusty Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 13: Dogpile Metasearcher: A Closer Look
Lesson 14: Gigablast Metasearcher: A Closer Look
Lesson 15: Google Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 16: MSN Directory / Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 17: Yahoo! Directory / Search Engine: A Closer Look
Lesson 18: Graveyard
for Dead Search Engines
Lesson 19: Final Exam
Lesson 20: Beyond "Bare Bones"
Bare Bones in Spanish
"Bare Bones 101" is managed and updated by Melanie
Hanes-Ramos, Assistant Director of the USC Beaufort South Campus
The tutorial was originally created in 2000 by Ellen Chamberlain while
serving as the Library
Director at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus. She had previously
a tutorial on Internet basics that ran from 1995-2000. Although BCK2SKOL
is no longer being updated, it is still available on the Web.
[Table of Contents]
[Gateways & Databases]
[Evaluating Web Pages]
Last updated by M. Hanes-Ramos,Thursday October 07, 2010