5Ws Questions to ask while searching


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5Ws Questions to ask while searching

  1. 1. The questions to ask when researching<br />
  2. 2. Before you start<br />We are so used to going straight to Google – that we forget to plan.<br />A little planning can save a lot of time!<br />Evaluating and recording your search results will get higher marks!<br />PLANNING CYCLE<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>What is the information that I need?
  4. 4. Do I have clear keywords taken from the task that I can use as search terms?</li></ul>Before searching<br />
  5. 5. <ul><li>What is the Information I’ve found?
  6. 6. Is it right for my task?
  7. 7. Do I understand it - can I put in my own words?</li></ul>After searching<br />
  8. 8. <ul><li>Library catalogue
  9. 9. http://library.midchesh.ac.uk
  10. 10. eBooks
  11. 11. http://bit.ly/mccebrary
  12. 12. eJournals
  13. 13. http://bit.ly/infotrac
  14. 14. Recommended
  15. 15. www.intute.ac.uk</li></ul>Be systematic<br />Use catalogues, index pages, recommended sites<br />Wikipedia explains and has leads, but don’t use content<br />Get as close as you can before you click search<br />
  16. 16. Who has put the information there?<br />Are they an expert in the subject?<br />If the site belongs to an organisation who sponsors it or funds it?<br />If the identity of the author isn’t clear look for “about us” or “contact us” links for more clues.<br />Is it peer reviewed? (mainly for HE)<br />
  17. 17. Why is the information there?<br />To sell goods or products or ideas?<br />Is the information based on opinion or facts?<br />Search for info about the source<br />
  18. 18. <ul><li>How up to date does your information need to be?
  19. 19. Can you tell when this information was last updated? (not just the main site or when the book was printed)
  20. 20. Old information can be misleading of completely wrong!</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Where does the information come from?
  21. 21. Does it matter?
  22. 22. Use the URL to give you some idea, also “about us” links </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Delicious
  23. 23. Owned by Yahoo (for now)
  24. 24. Store, and if you want to share with others
  25. 25. www.delicious.com
  26. 26. EasyBM
  27. 27. Not social, so no sharing, but won’t upset filters your employer may use.
  28. 28. www.easybm.com
  29. 29. Which one was that quote in again?
  30. 30. Can you find the site that quote was in that you saw 2 weeks ago when you were in college? You need it now you are writing your assignment at home!
  31. 31. Store your resources and references systematically
  32. 32. Online – available from anywhere 24/7</li></li></ul><li>Picture credits<br />Slide 8<br />http://ej.iop.org/images/0295-5075/74/6/1109/Full/img3.gif<br />21/2/11<br />Slide 9<br />http://www.geographicguide.com/pictures/maps/globe-africa-countries.jpg 22/12/10<br />Slide 10<br />www.delicious.com 22/2/11<br />www.easybm.com 22/2/11<br />Slide 1 www.participateinhealth.org.au/plan 22/9/08<br />Slide 5<br />http://www.techforceindia.co.uk/Images/How_We_Work<br />22/2/11<br />Slide 6<br />http://www.filmupdatelist.com/Who.Wrote.The.Bible-MAIN.jpg 21/2/11<br />Slide 7<br />http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/myl/llog/duty_calls.png<br />21/2/11<br />Lindsay Wallace<br />Library Central<br />Last updated February 2011<br />