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Stages of
Research
Define the
research
question
(THINK before
you SEARCH)
Read &
Refine
Read
selectively, activ
ely, criti...
Read Selectively
• select the LATEST / CURRENT
• select the most RELEVANT
• select by RELIABILITY
(e.g. Source? Bias? Bibl...
www. cnn.com
How to read a URL
domain name
nike.com
rte.ie
bbc.co.uk
gla.ac.uk
mit.edu
moma.org
How to read a URL: domain names
www.cdsinet.net/users/bartlett
www.alphalink.com.au/~jdm/index.htm
www.splcenter.org
www.crusader.net
What do these URLS t...
R Read the URL
E Examine the content
A Check out the site Author / Owner
L Look at the links
How to validate information o...
SEARCH: some questions...
1. How do I find recent articles?
2. How do I find Irish examples?
3. How do I find recent journ...
search...
there’s more!
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 catd_mitchell
Personalised search means that the search
results we are served are based on what we
have clicked on in the past...
Search...
Eli Pariser (2011) The Filter Bubble
www.thefilterbubble.com
Your filter bubble is a unique, personal universe of
information created just for you by an array of
personalizing filters...
digital literacy
Be Selective & Critical –
in your search and your reading
• Select the LATEST / CURRENT information
• Select by RELIABILIT...
CT231: Research & search skills
CT231: Research & search skills
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Notes for Week 3 of CT231 Professional Skills, with some advice on why/when to use various search engines; how to validate search results; and being aware of the limitations of personalised search results.

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  • Google Scholar – Advanced Scholar Search – Advanced Search Tips – Library Links
  • Be more critical! Change privacy settings, use other browsers, use other search engines, go to the 2nd page, etc.
  • We are living in a time when your knowledge and my knowledge, based on what search results we are served, may be very different from each other.
  • Your filter bubble is this unique, personal universe of information created just for you by this array of personalizing filters. It’s invisible and it’s becoming more and more difficult to escape. We are turning media into a mirror that reflects our own prejudices back at us. Even worse, services like Google and Facebook distort the mirror so that it exaggerates our grosser characteristics. Without our knowing, they reshape our information worlds according to their interpretation of our interests.
  • We’re used to thinking of the Internet like an enormous library, with services like Google providing a universal map. But that’s no longer really the case. Sites from Google and Facebook to Yahoo News and the New York Times are now increasingly personalized – based on your web history, they filter information to show you the stuff they think you want to see. That can be very different from what everyone else sees – or from what we need to see. We are living in a time when your knowledge and my knowledge, based on what search results we are served, may be very different from each other.
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    1. 1. Stages of Research Define the research question (THINK before you SEARCH) Read & Refine Read selectively, activ ely, critically Research Tools Search engines, Wikipedi a Google Scholar Advanced Search Library resources: Books, Electronic journals, Databas es
    2. 2. Read Selectively • select the LATEST / CURRENT • select the most RELEVANT • select by RELIABILITY (e.g. Source? Bias? Bibliography?) • select by AMOUNT
    3. 3. www. cnn.com How to read a URL domain name
    4. 4. nike.com rte.ie bbc.co.uk gla.ac.uk mit.edu moma.org How to read a URL: domain names
    5. 5. www.cdsinet.net/users/bartlett www.alphalink.com.au/~jdm/index.htm www.splcenter.org www.crusader.net What do these URLS tell you?
    6. 6. R Read the URL E Examine the content A Check out the site Author / Owner L Look at the links How to validate information on the web Check out the Wayback Machine at: www.archive.org
    7. 7. SEARCH: some questions... 1. How do I find recent articles? 2. How do I find Irish examples? 3. How do I find recent journal articles? 4. How do I get full text of articles, if not available on Google Scholar?
    8. 8. search... there’s more! CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 catd_mitchell
    9. 9. Personalised search means that the search results we are served are based on what we have clicked on in the past... Search technologies make the world's information “universally accessible”, as Google's motto puts it, but it is not “making universal knowledge universally accessible”. Siva Vaidhyanathan The Googlization of Everything
    10. 10. Eli Pariser (2011) The Filter Bubble www.thefilterbubble.com
    11. 11. Your filter bubble is a unique, personal universe of information created just for you by an array of personalizing filters. It’s invisible and it’s becoming more and more difficult to escape. “We are turning media into a mirror that reflects our own prejudices back at us. Even worse, services like Google and Facebook distort the mirror so that it exaggerates our grosser characteristics. Without our knowing, they reshape our information worlds according to their interpretation of our interests.” Eli Pariser The Filter Bubble
    12. 12. digital literacy
    13. 13. Be Selective & Critical – in your search and your reading • Select the LATEST / CURRENT information • Select by RELIABILITY (e.g. source, bias, bibliography) • Evaluate the AUTHORITY of the author/website • check the URL • check “About Me” • check the links to/from • If in doubt, check the Wayback Machine: www.archive.org
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