Final Evaluation As I have come to an end of this Unit 2, I am now going to evaluate on each elements that were useful to me while I was doing this unit. The main sections that I am going to cover are – the search engines used, search techniques used and search criteria, sources of information used, comparison of the internet and non- internet sources and the quality of the information found. Internet Source Most frequently used search engine for this unit was Google as it is quite obvious but I also tried to use other search engines which I am not that familiar to such as Bing, Ask Jeeves, Dogpile, Answers, MSN Search, Yahoo and AOL. While using Bing I found out that it allows the user to search data in ‘Twitter’ as well which is
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I checked to see if the other search engines had the advanced search as well and found out that they do but compared to them Google was the only search engine which allowed the users to narrow their search in more details. The possible ways that I could think of which might improve my research would be if I used as the different features in the search engines to gain more information such as videos, news, business etc. There were many search techniques that I learned while doing this Unit such as using Keywords, Quotes, Boolean- and, or, and not, plus and minus, Wildcards.
I used all of these criteria for my research as I wanted to get used to these which I believe will be useful while researching for this unit as well as in my near future. The main criteria that I used were the Keywords and I found out that keyword was the most effective one as it is easier for the search engine to search as well and it was quicker. Quotes were helpful as well as it narrowed my research which also saved my time from wasting my time o skim through other results to find my answer. Google and Yahoo were able to find me the results when I use the Wildcard criteria but MSN search and Exalead encountered some