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Advanced searching ideas for Year 12 research assignments

Advanced searching ideas for Year 12 research assignments

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  • According to Eric Schmidt of Google, every two days now the human race creates as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation until 2003. That's about five exobytes of data a day, for those of you keeping score. The challenge becomes, not finding that scarce plant growing in the desert, but finding a specific plant growing in a jungle. We are going to need help navigating that information to find the thing we actually need.
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    • 1. RESEARCH “True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.” ~ James Russell Lowell
    • 2. http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/skills/documents/ResearchProcess_A4_colour.pdf
    • 3. Join • State Library of NSW • National Library of Australia
    • 4. Trove
    • 5. • Google.com indexes 40 billion public web pages. • 100+ billion static web pages are publicly-available. These pages can easily be found by Google and other search engines • 11+ billion static pages are hidden from the public. As private intranet content, these are the corporate pages that are only open to employees of specific companies. • 450+ billion database-driven pages are completely invisible to Google.
    • 6. Beyond Google • Google Scholar • Metasearch engines: o Yippy – n.b. Shakespeare o Dogpile • Invisible (or Deep) Web: o Databases: • Jstor • Expanded Academic • Project Muse • The Literary Encyclopedia • Austlit n.b. Indigenous Literature o E-books: • Cambridge companions: • Invisible web search engines
    • 7. • search for scholarly literature. • articles, theses, books, abstracts • from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
    • 8. Metasearch Engines Search beyond Google
    • 9. Why Dogpile? • Metasearch: Google, Yahoo, Yandex, etc • Looks for relevance • Records previous searches
    • 10. Why Yippy? • • • • • Metasearch: Searches several top search engines Combines results based on comparative ranking Best results go to the top ‘Clouds’, group similar results Yippy does not track or sell your personal information
    • 11. Domain names .ac = academic .au = Australia .com = commercial .edu = educational institution .edu.au .gov = government .org = organisation eg Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia .uk = UK
    • 12. What is the invisible web? • Search engines index less than 10% • The rest is called the Invisible Web or the Deep Web • Massive content hidden from search engines
    • 13. Invisible (Deep) Web • Library databases: o o o o Austlit JSTOR Expanded Academic ASAP Project Muse • E-books: o Cambridge Companions Online • Invisible Web search engines: o Complete Planet o ScienceResearch.com
    • 14. • • • • Scholarly journals, news magazines & newspapers All academic disciplines 25,152,618 articles as at 24/10/13 All published between 1980 - 2013
    • 15. AUSTLIT
    • 16. Searching the Invisible Web
    • 17. “One Search. Superior Science.” • High quality results from the Deep Web • Slower than Google because • It searches several search engines, + collates and ranks results • For science and technology
    • 18. Turn It In – for every assignment
    • 19. Access Videos, anytime, anywhere
    • 20. The code to the Year 12 Room

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