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Agenda Video Discussion Background reading/Internet searching Keywords Evaluating Resources
Wikipedia Woes and Google Gaffs What are the pros and cons of so much information being online? What do you do to be sure you’re finding credible resources? How do you evaluateGoogle Analytics (2012) Google analytics in the information youreal life – Site search. http://youtu.be/cbtf1oyNg-8 find while researching?DuckDuckGo (2012). There are no “regularresults” on Google anymore.http://vimeo.com/duckduckgo/bubble Why is it important to support your argument with valid sources?
Web “Pre-Searching” Why start your search online? Find background information Help solidify research topic Find new terminology to use as keywords Find links and/or citations to other sources
Through out the lesson:Fill out this spreadsheet http://bit.ly/We88xW Choose your research topic The Importance of Music Education in Schools Cyberbullying: The Impact on Student Learning Mainstreaming Impact of Homelessness on the Education of Children Public vs Private Education The Drop-out Rate Students Athletes: Are They a Privileged Group? Obesity: The Impact on the Social, Emotional, and Academic Development of Children.
Improve Google internet and bully body image and girls Advanced Google CookLibrary’s searching Guide to the Web Duck Duck Go
Find some websites! Enter your websites into the online worksheet
Keywords are critical! Sample topic: Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? First, break the question down into concepts: Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?
More on keywords… Expand your list to include synonyms then add to it once you have done some background reading. Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest?childhood obesity United Statesadolescent over weight USAchild* obese North Americayoung BMI
Search Tip #1 Boolean “search connectors” AND OR NOTFor example:internet AND children Combining >1 topicinstruct OR teach Combining synonymous terms
Search Tip #2 Use truncation! Educat* finds Educate Education Educating Educator Etc…
Search Tip #3 Phrase Searching… Use quotations to keep a keyword phrase intact (words will be searched in the specific order) Examples: “No Child Left Behind” “school reform”
Putting it all together… Which age is childhood obesity in the United States the highest? childhood obesity United States child* over weight USA adolescent BMI North America young child* OR adolescent OR young AND obesity OR overweight OR BMI AND United States OR USA OR North America
Create keywords Enter your keywords into the online worksheet
Evaluate what you find Goto one of the websites below and analyze it http://bit.ly/cosmicweb1 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb2 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb3 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb4 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb5 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb6 http://bit.ly/cosmicweb7
Check for CRAPCurrencyReliabilityAuthorityPurpose/Point of View
Check for CRAP Currency How recent is the information? Can you locate a date when the resource was written/created/upda ted? Based on your topic, is this current enough? Why might the date matter for your topic? http://www.flickr.com/photos/helloeveryone123/393737 4193/sizes/m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander HeardLibrary
Check for CRAP Reliability What kind of information is included in the resource? Does the author provide citations & references for quotations & data Where am I accessing this information? http://www.flickr.com/photos/schnappi/5930145952/sizes/l/in/photostrea m/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander HeardLibrary
Check for CRAP Authority Can you determine who the author/creator is? What are their credentials (education, affiliation, experience, etc.)? Who is the publisher or sponsor of the work/site? Is this publisher/sponsor reputable http://rantchick.com/a-doctrine-on-respect/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander HeardLibrary
Check for CRAP Purpose/Point of View Is the content primarily opinion? Is the information balanced or biased? What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5484085301/sizes /m/in/photostream/Guidelines for CRAP provided by the Jean and Alexander HeardLibrary
Analyze your Website Enter your CRAP analysis on the online worksheet
Thanks for listening! Next class: Fill out Part I and II on your paper worksheet “Read” and prepare for discussion Use your keywords to find books/articles
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