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Deep research in the digital
world
Much of this information is not accessible to
many general search engines’ software
spiders, so we need to use specific s...
• Be clear about what you are looking for! This
part of deep research process requires deep
thinking!
• Decide what the qu...
 These include specialised search engines,
directories and portals and gateways, databases,
digital libraries and Web 2.0...
 Meta search engines combine two or more search
engines enabling a simultaneous search
• PolyCola: http://www.polycola.co...
Google: http://www.google.com
• The Google generation “squirrel” away information.
• There is very little critical evalua...
 Directories list websites by category and
subcategory. This makes them great for browsing,
just like you would in a book...
• Infomine: http://infomine.ucr.edu/
• Open Directory: http://www.dmoz.org/
• WWW Virtual Library: http://vlib.org/
• Inte...
A digital library is a library where collections are stored in digital
formats, not print or other media.
Some examples ...
• Become a member of the State Library of Victoria
(SLV) so that you can access their eresources from
school or home: http...
 You are able to customise your searching to suit
your personal learning requirements.
 Examples include:
• Google Blogs...
 Good for basic information about topics, especially
popular culture.
 Its value in this context is to “cherry pick” sit...
 Trove- National Library of Australia:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/
 Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/...
 Working out what you know and what you
need to know at the beginning of your
research is half the solution.
 Be prepare...
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  1. 1. Deep research in the digital world
  2. 2. Much of this information is not accessible to many general search engines’ software spiders, so we need to use specific search tools to lead us to this hidden information. The challenge to is find what you want, not what Google thinks you want. Deep Web aka Deepnet aka Invisible Web aka hidden Web
  3. 3. • Be clear about what you are looking for! This part of deep research process requires deep thinking! • Decide what the question is • Be as specific as you can • Be prepared to revisit this part often • Use thinking tools like mind maps to clarify your search request Tips for searching for digital information
  4. 4.  These include specialised search engines, directories and portals and gateways, databases, digital libraries and Web 2.0 spaces such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and topic aggregators – ScoopiT, Delicious, etc. Tools to find information in the deep Web
  5. 5.  Meta search engines combine two or more search engines enabling a simultaneous search • PolyCola: http://www.polycola.com/ - allows you to search any two major search engines simultaneously. • Dogpile: http://www.dogpile.com/ - searches four top search engines simultaneously. • Mamma: http://www.mamma.com/ - the mother of all search engines Meta search engines v’s search engines v’s directories v’s databases
  6. 6. Google: http://www.google.com • The Google generation “squirrel” away information. • There is very little critical evaluation of what is stored. • It is claimed searching using Google will only provide 30% of internet content. • Remember that Google is a business. • Google has software to supply what it determines you want based on your previous searches: good or bad? Try Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/schhp?hl=en Google Books: http://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en Major search engines, beginning with Google
  7. 7.  Directories list websites by category and subcategory. This makes them great for browsing, just like you would in a bookshop.  Directories are smaller than search engines but information is more relevant and grouped together. Directories
  8. 8. • Infomine: http://infomine.ucr.edu/ • Open Directory: http://www.dmoz.org/ • WWW Virtual Library: http://vlib.org/ • Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/ • Best of the web: http://botw.org • Galaxy: http://www.galaxy.com Popular directories
  9. 9. A digital library is a library where collections are stored in digital formats, not print or other media. Some examples include: • National Science Digital Library: http://nsdl.org/ • National Library of Australia digital collections: http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/ • Australian pictures in Trove: http://trove.nla.gov.au/general/australian-pictures-in-trove • State Library digitised collections: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/our- collections/digitised-collections Digital libraries
  10. 10. • Become a member of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) so that you can access their eresources from school or home: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au  • They provide access to an extensive collection of databases. • Fill out the online registration form. • You will be sent your card in the mail. • You can then use your card details to logon to the State Library, what a treasure
  11. 11.  You are able to customise your searching to suit your personal learning requirements.  Examples include: • Google Blogs: http://www.google.com.au/blogsearch?hl=en • Twitter: microblogging site: https://twitter.com/  Delicious: social bookmarking: https://delicious.com/ • Scoop.it! – content creator: http://www.scoop.it/ Social networking… wikis, blogs, Twitter….
  12. 12.  Good for basic information about topics, especially popular culture.  Its value in this context is to “cherry pick” sites at the end of the entry for further information. A word about Wikipedia
  13. 13.  Trove- National Library of Australia: http://trove.nla.gov.au/  Australian Bureau of Statistics: http://www.abs.gov.au/  WolframAlpha – computational knowledge engine: http://www.wolframalpha.com/  There are many, many, many, many more.  Look for url’s ending in .edu, .gov, .org and avoid .com Some good websites
  14. 14.  Working out what you know and what you need to know at the beginning of your research is half the solution.  Be prepared to revisit all stages of research. This is not a lineal process.  Consult with the teacher librarians to plan your research. Just remember…..
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