With CUNY+ when searching in their database, you are limited to the amount of keywords that you can use. The more keywords you enter, the fewer results that you will receive. The problem with this method is that if you are only able to enter two to three keywords you won’t find precise information that is related to your topic. For this reason, I was only able to find one useful source of information in my results, that was some how related to my topic. I think I prefer search engines such as Google Scholar better because you are able to find more accurate and useful results. Actually, I personally feel that in any search engine you will be able to find more information than in CUNY+, you will also have the advantage to use more than one keyword in a search engine’s database.
Then again each database is different. Some databases offer more than others. For example, an advantage of Google Scholar or any other search engine is that they will usually always give you full/half text article and even though Google Scholar only offers part of an article or a book you are still able to have a notion about what the article or book will be about, while in Cuny+, most of the information given is located and spread out amongst different Cuny schools and you are only given a short summary of what the article or book will be about. You will even be lucky enough in Cuny+, if you are able to download a PDF file of the book that you have chosen from your results, since most of the books can only be found by the Cuny schools that are labeled in each article/book.
Today there are so many different types of source engines that we can use all over the web. There are many common source engines and many “bootleg” as we like to say fake ones. But is that the real case of way people are not able to find what they are actually looking for in the web? Well according to Badke it’s not the source engine that you use in looking for information but how you look for it. I totally agree with this concept and the way that it is described. Badke explains that what we need to focus on are KEYWORDS when we are looking for information. Many time we don’t realize that looking for information also takes time to look so the right one. We can just type any on a source engine we need to be specific, and use key words that would lead us straight into the necessary information instead so we have minimize our search and go straight to the point of what we are trying to look for.
In Research Strategies, by William Badke, he discuss accurate and better ways of searching the web. You can go on the web and use words like OR and AND to find better chances in your search. Also you should use certain keywords to search for articles or websites containing information about what you are looking for.
I was taught in high school that the way you can find specific information for your idea/topic is by putting entering the words and have quotation closing them. Once you hit search you will have many website pages appear on the site with the specific words you had quoted.
This is the age of technology and the internet. Everyone uses the internet, which means almost everyone uses search engines to search almost anything. The article “How search engines works” talks about how search engines are used and how they work. Search engines are an information retrieval system. Chapter 3 in the Badke book talks about how databases are collections of data that are obtained using organized searching procedures. An example of a database is a phonebook that has names, addresses, phone numbers etc. Databases are usually organized in alphabetical order that’s why they are said to be organized. There are many few people who can search a database properly. Even if you are good in using the computer sometimes searching one word may not be enough or may bring up thousands of records that aren’t really needed. This is where keyword searching comes in place. Searching by keyword is the main one people use. However, whatever keyword you type in is what you get. Even though it is quick, many different words have the same meaning or one word has different meanings. It may be relevant but being descriptive would make the search easier. There is also something call a AND search it narrows down your topic and limits it.
In Chapter 3, Badke discusses about the fundamentals of electronic searching. He explains the concept of a database and the basics for keyword searching and it’s hierarchies. He explains how a word can be broken down into many different meanings or categories known as a hierarchy. According to Badke, searching keywords like this can sometimes be beneficial but at times it can also be a downfall. As Badke states, “The ugly is that keywords are flat they aren’t capable of telling you whether your result is broad or narrow in relation to your topic, nor can they spell out the contexts within which your keyword might be found.” I find this to be a valid statement because many times it has happened to me where I’m stuck while I’m researching a certain topic or word, the results will sometimes variety into different subjects and meanings. This can be a problem if the instructor has assigned for a definite explanation. This is why it is best to pick out a topic that is much more specific because it will help to narrow down your results more quickly when searching rather than picking a topic that is too general which will leave you pulling your brains out.
In Elizabeth Liddy’s article, How a Search Engine Works, Liddy focuses on the four vital components of a search engine or IR system which means information retrieval. This article helped me to understand how the search engine system is able to pin point and locate our information and match it with the results. According to Liddy, “Search engines match queries against an index that they create. The index consists of the words in each document, plus pointers to their locations within the documents. This is called an inverted file.” Liddy also shows us the the results that we can sometimes encounter when our topic or words aren’t narrow enough for the system to figure out. The author gives out a few helpful pointers to the readers on how to search efficiently in order to get the best results. By deleting or eliminating certain “stop words” such as “and” or “the” we will be able to get the desired results. Liddy also states that the search engine is composed of four vital components which are the document processor, query processor, a search and matching function, and the ranking capability. This article was interesting because Liddy goes on to break down these four vital components into steps in order to show the reader how a search engine is able to process and locate our information. It’s almost as if were exploring the technicalities behind the system as we read each of their functions.