Search Engines Activity: Using Search Engines

Participants will be assigned specific search engines and topics. After performing a search, answer the following questions.

  • How many hits did you get when you searched for your term altogether?
  • How many links led to relevant information for your topic?
  • How many were totally off the topic?
  • How many were no longer available?
  • Which hit best matched your search terms?
  • What percentage of the sites that you found appear to be business sites, educational sites, personal sites, etc.?
  • On the sites that you found, were you able to tell how current the information is that is posted on the site? Did the site include contact information for the developer or owner of the site?