The Truth Of The Internet

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The Truth Of The Internet

  1. 1. The Truth of the Internet An introduction to web-based research
  2. 2. Why not use these websites? <ul><li>Web sites can be created by anyone, even governments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.dhmo.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mcwhortle.com created by the SEC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Obvious bias will distort data, like this: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8d6476c3d2b6ae0042a8 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Validate Sources <ul><li>Use www.easywhois.com </li></ul><ul><li>Identify bias and POV </li></ul><ul><li>If the same information can be found on at least 4 other valid data sources, then your new find is likely to be accurate. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a published, edited source like a …book! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Wikipedia – Friend or Foe? <ul><li>Why not use wikipedia? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vandalism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.wikipedia-watch.org/vandals.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unknown editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To critics of Wikipedia--which, in a spin on the open-source model, lets anyone create and edit entries--the news was further proof that the service has no accountability and no place in the world of serious information gathering.” ( Growing Pains for Wikipedia , cnet news, http://www.news.com/Growing-pains-for-Wikipedia/2100-1025_3-5981119.html , accessed January 15, 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Defamation of character: Political aide of Robert Kennedy was accused of plotting the assassination was actually false </li></ul></ul></ul>See quote
  5. 5. Cite all sources <ul><li>What must be cited? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All photos, articles, journals, blogs, wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use www.noodletools.com for MLA citation </li></ul><ul><li>At least do the minimum, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name of article/webpage, URL, date accessed </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. So now what? What web sources can I use in research? <ul><li>Consolidated Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Verifiable websites </li></ul><ul><li>Online news sources </li></ul><ul><li>Online web journals (medical, science, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>ALL government websites (.gov) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Search Engines <ul><li>www.clusty.com will cluster results for easier information processing </li></ul><ul><li>www.grokker.com will navigate and locate the best resources on the web and categorize hits </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use these tricks… <ul><li>Identify keywords in your topic before heading to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Add quotes around your keyword(s) search </li></ul><ul><li>Use host:edu, host:gov commands to narrow hits to those of the edu and gov domains </li></ul>

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