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dc.contributor.author Smith, Alastair G.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-10T02:20:05Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-05T02:35:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-10T02:20:05Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-05T02:35:44Z
dc.date.copyright 2012
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18678
dc.description.abstract Purpose Bates' Information Search Tactics have been influential in the practice and teaching of online searching since they were published in 1979. This article is about using information search tactics to search the Internet, and presents a set of tactics useful in the practice and teaching of Internet searching. Design/methodology/approach Tactics used on the Internet were gathered from the literature, websites, and the author's experience of Internet searching. These were compared with the Information Search Tactics, and refined into a set of Internet Search Tactics. Findings The article presents 34 Internet Search Tactics: 18 of the original Bates tactics, interpreted in the context of the Internet, and 16 new tactics. While many of the information search tactics are relevant, effective Internet searching requires recognition of the role of relevancy ranking and full text searching in search engines. The uncontrolled nature of the Internet means that evaluation of information resources is an integral part of Internet searching, so a group of evaluation tactics have been proposed. Practical implications The tactics provide a framework for teaching effective Internet searching. Originality/value Bates' information search tactics do not appear to have been applied as a whole to searching the Internet. The proposed tactics will be useful for librarians and researchers who need to carry out effective searching on the Internet, and for information literacy education. Research into information seeking and search interfaces will be informed by the tactics. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries Online Information Review en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries 36(1) en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries pg. 7 - 20 en_NZ
dc.subject Internet Searching en_NZ
dc.subject Search Tactics en_NZ
dc.subject Search Engines en_NZ
dc.subject Internet Directories en_NZ
dc.subject Evaluation of Internet Information en_NZ
dc.title Internet Search Tactics en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080704 Information Retrieval and Web Search en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Journal Contribution - Research Article en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 460508 Information retrieval and web search en_NZ

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