Information Literacy Week 5: Website Searching

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  • Question to generate discussion:Why do people search Google first?Most often, people use Google because it’s convenient. It’s everywhere! And even if you prefer a different search engine like yahoo or Bing, you’ve still probably heard of Google or searched it at least once in your lifetime. And speaking of Bing …
  • Bing: Search Overload SyndromeSo how do you know that you’re finding quality and relevant information on the web? Let’s watch a quick video that will explain a few behind-the-scenes search facts from Google…
  • Question to students:What does this video tell you about the way Google retrieves search results?Let’s take it a step further and talk about what you’re NOT seeing within Google …
  • The thing to remember is that Google is gathering its results based on popularity. This means you may not always be getting the most credible, reliable, and relevant info, but there are definitely ways to begin searching Google like an expert!Food for thought …
  • Facebook is doing it too – even more so with the new rollout of changes.Google Demonstration (click small Google link in lower right hand corner of powerpoint slide)1. Remind students that they should be searching Google with the keywords found from the Week 4 Research Questions Assignment. 2. Consider performing a search like cyber crime 3. Once results populate, describe what is seen on the left side panel. (Narrow by date, change location, something different)4. Show how to search for only News Articles from the left side panel. (Be sure to watch for blog entries…those aren’t always credible since it’s an opinionated source).5. Related Searches are also a way to narrow topic keywords. 6. Show how to narrow a topic in the Advanced search area using .gov, .edu, and .mil**Explain that websites found for research topics should be article based. Give an example of a website that should not be used: (http://www.cybercrime.gov/). Give an example of a website that should be used: (http://1.usa.gov/lrSMak)A detailed search video can be found on the class website. This can be used to help you remember what we’ve just talked about here in the demonstration.Take 10 minutes to search Google for something related to your program of study OR your own research topic for this class.
  • Google Demonstration (click small Google link in lower right hand corner of powerpoint slide)1. Remind students that they should be searching Google with the keywords found from the Week 4 Research Questions Assignment. 2. Consider performing a search like cyber crime 3. Once results populate, describe what is seen on the left side panel. (Narrow by date, change location, something different)4. Show how to search for only News Articles from the left side panel. (Be sure to watch for blog entries…those aren’t always credible since it’s an opinionated source).5. Related Searches are also a way to narrow topic keywords. 6. Show how to narrow a topic in the Advanced search area using .gov, .edu, and .mil**Explain that websites found for research topics should be article based. Give an example of a website that should not be used: (http://www.cybercrime.gov/). Give an example of a website that should be used: (http://1.usa.gov/lrSMak)A detailed search video can be found on the class website. This can be used to help you remember what we’ve just talked about here in the demonstration.Take 10 minutes to search Google for something related to your program of study OR your own research topic for this class.
  • One last item: the Google Data Explorer through Google Labs.
  • As you can see, Google can definitely give you detailed information on a wide variety of topics, but Google isn’t the only web search tool out there.Wolfram Alpha will help you get statistical information. You can gain information about statistics (population, weather, etc…), math, conversions, and more.The wolfram alpha title is linked to an example search page. Give a brief demonstration using the following searches: Show Examples by Topic page Take 10 minutes to explore the examples page. Search for something related to your program of study OR your own research topic for this class.
  • Pass Out Research Log For This WeekExplain that they will need to search for 5 website articles this week on their research topic they have chosen.Go over what will be recorded on the sheet…and make sure they understand to copy and paste the URL of the website in an e-mail to themselves for easy retrieval later. They can also favorite the website on their home computer, or on a flash drive. (demonstrate saving a website to a flash drive).
  • Explain the pieces of the citation in accordance with the research log.
  • Information Literacy Week 5: Website Searching

    1. 1. Research Step #2 – Find the Info: Websites<br />INF1100 – Week 5<br />LRC<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. Bing: Search Overload Syndrome<br />
    4. 4. Google: How Search Works<br />
    5. 5. Filter Bubbles<br />
    6. 6.
    7. 7. Awesome Google Demonstration<br />
    8. 8. Google Data Explorer<br />http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory/<br />
    9. 9. Internet users in Europe…<br />
    10. 10. Final Project assignment<br /><ul><li> 5 website articles
    11. 11. Save the full URL
    12. 12. Be thorough</li></ul>The information you find will used to cite the source in APA style for your final project.<br />
    13. 13. APA Citation example<br />Website Example:<br />Social networking sites. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mass.gov/<br />In general, if you see a search box on the website, you can use a shortened URL.<br />
    14. 14. For Next Week:<br /><ul><li> Complete Final Project Assignment 1: Website Searching
    15. 15. No Quiz Next Week!</li>

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